Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Clariidae
Etymology: Tanganikallabes: Composed from lake Tanganyka + Greek, allabes, -etos = a fish of the Nile, a kind of lamprey (Ref. 45335); alboperca: The specific epithet, 'alboperca', is derived from the latin adjective 'alba', meaning white, and the noun 'operculum', meaning lid or cover, in reference to the distinctive depigmented posterior margin seen in the operculum of this species (Ref. 90118).
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 16.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 90118)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 55 - 63. Tanganikallabes alboperca is distinguished from all congeners by having relatively shorter pelvic fins (6.0-7.7% SL versus 7.1-9.3% SL in other Tanganikallabes species), which do not reach past the origin of the anal fin when adpressed (versus reaching past the anal fin origin in all other Tanganikallabes species) (Ref. 90118). It is also distinct from other Tanganikallabes species in the presence of a well-defined, depigmented border on the operculum, which extends from the upper margin of the operculum all the way to the union of the gill membranes at the isthmus (border absent in Tanganikallabes mortiauxi and Tanganikallabes stewarti) (Ref. 90118).
Africa: endemic to Lake Tanganyika, found in the extreme southern and northern parts of the lake (Ref. 90118).
Likely to inhabit rocky bottoms over a range of depths; fish eggs, crab remnants and insect larvae have been found in stomach (Ref. 90118).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Wright, J.J. and R.M. Bailey, 2012. Systematic revision of the formerly monotypic genus Tanganikallabes (Siluriformes: Clariidae). Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 165:121-142. (Ref. 90118)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00676 (0.00307 - 0.01489), b=3.00 (2.81 - 3.19), based on LWR estimates for this Family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.5 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 (17 of 100) .