Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Cyprinidae
(Minnows or carps) > Cyprininae
Etymology: Enteromius: Greek, enteron = intestine + Greek, myo, mys = muscle (Ref. 45335); potamogalis: The species or trivial name potamogalis evidently refers to a highly distinctive fish-eating mammal, the West African water shrew potamogale velox Du Chaillu, 1868 (Ref. 85567).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Africa: Rio Muni basin in Equatorial Guinea (Ref. 85567)
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.1 cm male/unsexed; (Ref. 113713)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 8. Form compressed and gibbous (Ref. 113713). Inferior limb of pharyngeal bones two-thirds length of superior, a slight external angle; teeth 2.3.5-5.3.2, the inferior of the longer row very small and conic (Ref. 113713). Orbit four times in head, diameter less than length of muzzle, latter rather broad; outline steeply descending from front of dorsal fin; head 4.2 times in length to origin of caudal fin; four well-developed barbels; greatest depth three times in length to origin caudal fin (Ref. 113713). First long dorsal ray weak as the last, and not a spine; ventrals not attaining vent, but reached by the acuminate pectorals (Ref. 113713). Scales large, minutely granular, with few (5-8) and coarse radii (Ref. 113713). Lateral line little deflexed (Ref. 113713).
Colouration: A broad, straight, dark brown band from end muzzle to origin caudal fin, which is light and dark margined above; above dark cinnamon brown, each scale silvered; below paler brown, each scale with a deep brown spot at base; tip of dorsal fin brown (Ref. 113713).
Total length 4 inches 9 lines (Ref. 113713).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Roberts, T.R., 2010. Barbus sensitivus, a new species with extensive pitlines from the Sanaga River (Teleostei: Cyprinidae). Aqua, Int. J. Ichthyol., 16(4):187-196. (Ref. 85567)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00776 (0.00252 - 0.02388), b=3.04 (2.79 - 3.29), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.0 ±0.3 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) .