Leptocypris niloticus (Joannis, 1835)
Leptocypris niloticus
photo by MNHN

Family:  Danionidae (Danios), subfamily: Chedrinae
Max. size:  9.5 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 10.0 g
Environment:  demersal; freshwater; pH range: 7 - 7.80000019073486; dH range: 8 - 15, potamodromous
Distribution:  Africa: present in Nile, Omo (Ref. 2801, 2940), Niger, Bénoué, Volta, Senegal Rivers, and Lake Chad basin (Ref. 2801, 2940, 81282). Not found in any coastal basins farther from the Cross River (Ref. 2940, 81282, 81639).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-12; Anal soft rays: 12-15. Diagnosis: body depth 3.8-5.7x and head length 3.7-4.5x SL; eye diameter 2.8-3.6x head length (Ref. 2940, 81282). Scale formula 5.5-6.5/32-40/3.5(4.5); 12 scales around caudal peduncle; 9-12 anal-fin branched rays (Ref. 2940, 81282, 81639). 8-9 dorsal-fin branched rays; sides plain or with irregular markings; back dark (Ref. 2940, 81282). Description: body elongate, its dorsal profile nearly straight; D:III,8(9); A:III,9-12; P:14; V:I,8 (Ref. 2940, 81282, 81639). Coloration: silvery in life, without markings on sides; fins colorless (Ref. 2940, 81282, 81639).
Biology:  Affinities: L. guineensis (no. of scales higher).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 19 October 2019 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Cruz, Tess - 24.03.92
Modified by: Geelhand, Dimitri - 15.04.13
Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 29.08.94

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