Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Osteoglossiformes
(Bony tongues) > Mormyridae
Etymology: Petrocephalus: Latin, petra = stone + Greek, kephale = head (Ref. 45335); boboto: The name boboto is a word in Lingala, the language spoken at the type locality of Petrocephalus boboto, meaning “peace”, alluding to the right of all people of D.R. Congo to live in peace and safety (Ref. 96601).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
Africa: only known from the main channel of the Congo River at Yangambi, in Democratic Republic of the Congo (Ref. 96601).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 96601)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Diagnosis: Petrocephalus boboto is distinguished from all other Petrocephalus species of Central Africa by the following combination of characteristics: three distinctive bilateral black spots on body, one at origin of the pectoral fin, one at origin of caudal fin and one on flank just below anterior part of dorsal fin; two distinct electroreceptive rosettes in head, the third rosette reduced in size to few knollenorgan pores; 23 branched rays in dorsal fin and 34 branched rays in anal fin; and triphasic EOD waveform of normal polarity (Ref. 96601).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Lavoué, S. and J.P. Sullivan, 2014. Petrocephalus boboto and Petrocephalus arnegardi, two new species of African electric fish (Osteoglossomorpha, Mormyridae) from the Congo River basin. ZooKeys 400:43-65. (Ref. 96601)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .