Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Cyprinidae
(Minnows or carps) > Labeoninae
Etymology: Labeo: Latin, labeo = one who has large lips (Ref. 45335); lukulae: Named after the river where the type material was collected (Ref. 26190).
More on author: Boulenger.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical; 15°N - 15°S
Africa: principal coastal basins of Cameroon to the Chiloango in Democratic Republic of the Congo; in the Congo basin known from the Kasai and Kwango in Angola, and the Aruwimi and Wagenia Falls in Democratic Republic of the Congo (Ref. 26192). Presence in the southern Congo basin in Angola not confirmed in Ref. 120641.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 26.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 81639)
Vertebrae: 29 - 31. Diagnosis: snout prominent, large and somewhat pointed, 44.6-60.0% of HL, with a deep and wide transverse furrow and ending in a fleshy appendage; scale formula: 34-37 (35 commonly observed); 4.5-6.5 (5.5 commonly observed); 3.0-4.5 (4.0 commonly observed); 13-17 (16 commonly observed); dorsal fin with 3 unbranched and 9-10 (10 commonly observed) branched rays; upper edge of dorsal fin always concave; 29-31 (30 commonly observed) vertebrae; ventral fin origin located under the 4th branched dorsal ray; genital opening distant from anal fin origin; no longitudinal band on flanks or spot on scaled base of caudal fin (Ref. 81639).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Tshibwabwa, S.M., 1997. Systématique des espèces africaines du genre Labeo (Teleostei, Cyprinidae) dans les régions ichtyogéographiques de Basse-Guinée et du Congo. II. Presses Universitaires de Namur, Namur, Belgique. 227 p. (Ref. 26192)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00851 (0.00410 - 0.01768), b=3.05 (2.88 - 3.22), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this species & Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (22 of 100).