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Laeviscutella dekimpei  Poll, Whitehead & Hopson, 1965

Roundbelly pellonuline
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Clupeiformes (Herrings) > Clupeidae (Herrings, shads, sardines, menhadens) > Dorosomatinae
Etymology: Laeviscutella: Latin, laevis = flat + Latin, scutum, scutella, diminutive = shield (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Poll.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; brackish; pelagic.   Tropical; 10°N - 7°S, 6°W - 15°E (Ref. 188)

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?, range 4 - 4 cm
Max length : 4.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 188)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-81; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 16 - 27. Probably not exceeding about 4 cm standard length. Pre-pelvic scutes 7 or 8, with lateral arms but without keels and hidden by scales; post-pelvic scutes without arms, but supporting a low membranous keel. Distinguished from all other West African pellonulines with scutes, by the absence of lateral arms on its post-pelvic scutes, except Sierrathrissa whose pre-pelvic scutes lack arms.

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Africa: lower reaches of rivers (Casamance River in Senegal to Democratic Republic of the Congo) (Ref. 28136) in lagoons (Lake Ébrié, Côte d'Ivoire; Lake Nokué, Benin). Also recorded from the Niger (Ref. 2849). Presence in the lower Congo River basin needs confirmation.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs in rivers, chiefly near the coast and entering lagoons, where salinities vary with the tides. The species is presumably euryhaline, although it may escape high salinities. Ripe females of 3.5 to 4 cm SL were recorded in Lake Ebrié.

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Whitehead, P.J.P., 1985. FAO Species Catalogue. Vol. 7. Clupeoid fishes of the world (suborder Clupeioidei). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of the herrings, sardines, pilchards, sprats, shads, anchovies and wolf-herrings. FAO Fish. Synop. 125(7/1):1-303. Rome: FAO. (Ref. 188)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Fisheries: subsistence fisheries
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 1.0000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00955 (0.00456 - 0.02002), b=3.05 (2.88 - 3.22), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.1   ±0.4 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 (10 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Low.