Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Cichlidae
(Cichlids) > Incertae sedis
Etymology: nguti: Named for the village Nguti in Southwestern Cameroon where the majority of the type series was collected; noun in apposition (Ref. 49597).
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; depth range 0 - 2 m (Ref. 49597). Tropical
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 5 - 6 cm
Max length : 13.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 49597); 7.3 cm SL (female)
soft rays: 7 - 8;
Vertebrae: 25. Diagnosis: 2 supraneural bones; scaleless, darkly pigmented blotch on dorsocaudal field of opercle; cuspidate oral jaw dentition; some or all teeth tricuspid in outer row oral dentition (Ref. 49597, 52307). Upper lip with crease (Ref. 49597). Spinous dorsal fin deeply excavated dorsally (Ref. 49597, 52307). Strongly marked oblique black bar anterior on the body in preserved specimens; mouth small and slightly inferior (Ref. 49597).
Africa: only known from the type localities in the region of Nguti in the Mamfue River, a tributary of the upper Cross River, Cameroon (Ref. 81260).
Juveniles were collected with beach seine in the shallow inshore zone in a water depth of few centimeters, adults in deeper water; juveniles prefer shallow water riffles with medium current, while adults congregate around submerged tree branches and rocky outcrops (Ref. 49597). Mainly feeds on detritus, occasionally on insects and plants (Ref. 52307). Delayed uptake, ovophilic, mouthbrooder (Ref. 81260) spawning in couples over open substrate (Ref. 49597). Female (rarely the male) incubates the fry (Ref. 52307, Ref. 49597).
Schliewen, U.K. and M.L. Stiassny, 2003. Etia nguti, a new genus and species of cichlid fish from the River Mamfue, Upper Cross River basin in Cameroon, West-Central Africa. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 14(1):61-71.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.02000 (0.00908 - 0.04406), b=3.01 (2.83 - 3.19), based on all LWR estimates for this BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.4 ±0.20 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (18 of 100) .