Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Clupeiformes
(Herrings) > Denticipitidae
Etymology: Denticeps: Latin, dens, dentis = teeth +Latin, ceps = head (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; pelagic. Tropical; 20°C - 25°C (Ref. 13614)
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 15.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2848)
soft rays: 23 - 27. Lateral line complete. Dorsal origin above a third or a fourth of the posterior end of the anal fin which is very long. Prepelvic scutes: 15-20, postpelvic scutes: 4-6. Black line on back, from head to caudal. Dark thin band joins operculum to the base of the caudal, widening at the caudal peduncle. Silver with greenish tint on sides, whitish belly, yellow-grayish back. Darkened zones of scale base form a design of vertical rhomboid fields.
Africa: Monospecific, restricted to West Africa; Ouémé basin to Niger delta and also in the River Mungo, Cameroon (Ref. 2848).
Peak spawning period in Cross River occurs from July to Aug (Ref. 85170).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Teugels, G.G., 1990. Denticipitidae. p. 95-97. In C. Lévêque, D. Paugy and G. G. Teugels (eds.) Faune des poissons d'eaux douces et saumâtres de l'Afrique de l'Ouest. Tome I. Coll. Faune Tropicale n° XXVIII. Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Tervuren and O.R.S.T.O.M., Paris, 384 p. (Ref. 2848)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01122 (0.00514 - 0.02450), b=3.04 (2.87 - 3.21), based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Fec < 1,000).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .