Petrocephalus bane (Lacepède, 1803)
photo by MNHN

Family:  Mormyridae (Elephantfishes)
Max. size:  20 cm SL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 40.0 g
Environment:  demersal; freshwater, potamodromous
Distribution:  Africa: Nile basin, also from the Bénoué, Chad and Volta River (Ref. 2915).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 29-34; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 32-38. Body depth 2.6-3.2 x SL, anal base 3.1-3.4 x SL, caudal peduncle height 16.8-18.7 x SL. Eye diameter 3.5-4.5 x head length. Uniform silvery color.
Biology:  Inhabits open water and vegetated areas of lakes, lagoons and irrigation canals. Females grow larger and are more frequently caught than males. Chiefly insectivorous, feeding on the bottom and in vegetation (Ref. 28714). Affinities: P. ansorgii, differ only by the small eyes, the thick caudal peduncle, numerous teeth on lower jaw and the uniform silvery color (P. ansorgii has a spot on the dorsal fin).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 04 September 2019 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 05.03.91
Modified by: Musschoot, Tobias - 16.10.17
Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 27.08.94

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