Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Osteoglossiformes
(Bony tongues) > Mormyridae
Etymology: Pollimyrus: Because of Dr. Max Poll, ichthyologist + Greek, myros, -ou = the male of the morey eel.
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; demersal; potamodromous (Ref. 10608). Tropical
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 5 - ? cm
Max length : 10.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4967)
Africa: Lakes Victoria, Nabugabo and Kyoga (Ref. 3202), the Kiruni River (Semliki Valley) (Ref. 1880), Malagarasi River (Ref. 54847), Rusizi River (Ref. 87863), Akagera system (Ref. 46152) and Lake Tanganyika (Ref. 36899).
Favors the shallow mud bottom waters near fringing vegetation such as papyrus and Vossia. Feeds mainly on Caridina and caenid larvae (Ref. 9606). Oviparous (Ref. 205). A male to female ratio of 1:10.5 has been noted for this species (Ref. 10608). Migrates up the river to spawn (Ref. 10608).
Gosse, J.-P., 1984. Mormyridae. p. 63-122. In J. Daget, J.-P. Gosse and D.F.E. Thys van den Audenaerde (eds.) Check-list of the freshwater fishes of Africa (CLOFFA). ORSTOM, Paris and MRAC, Tervuren. Vol. 1. (Ref. 3203)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01318 (0.00612 - 0.02839), b=2.84 (2.66 - 3.02), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.50 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Fec = 206).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (11 of 100) .