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Mastacembelus shiloangoensis  (Vreven, 2004)

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Synbranchiformes (Spiny eels) > Mastacembelidae (Spiny eels)
Etymology: Mastacembelus: Greek, mastax, -agos = bite + Greek, emballo = to throw oneself (Ref. 45335);  shiloangoensis: Named for the Shiloango River basin, to which the species seems to be endemic (Ref. 52436).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic.   Tropical

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Africa: Shiloango River basin in Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 14.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 52436)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 25 - 27; Dorsal soft rays (total): 72-85; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 66 - 79; Vertebrae: 86 - 88. Diagnosis: 24-26+1 (median 25 +1) dorsal spines. No preorbital spine. No preopercular spines. Anterior origin of first dorsal spine just behind posterior edge of pectoral fin, distance between these 2 parts 2.5-9.9 (mean 5.3) %SL. Origin of soft part of dorsal fin always situated anterior to origin of soft part of anal fin. Color pattern characterized by a series of mediodorsally situated dark brown to black spots on body, tail and proximal parts of dorsal and anal fins (Ref. 52436).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs in streams (Ref. 52436).

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Vreven, E.J., 2004. Aethiomastacembelus shiloangoensis, a new spiny-eel fron the Shiloango River basin, Africa (Synbranchiformes: Mastacembelidae). Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 15(2):97-104. (Ref. 52436)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00295 (0.00132 - 0.00659), b=2.93 (2.74 - 3.12), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.2   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (16 of 100) .