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Raiamas kheeli  Stiassny, Schelly & Schliewen, 2006

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes (Carps) > Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps) > Danioninae
Etymology: kheeli: Named for Theodore W. Kheel in recognition of his enduring support for nature conservation and sustainable development around the globe (Ref. 57537).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; demersal; depth range ? - 2 m (Ref. 57537).   Tropical

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 9.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 57537)

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Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-10; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 15 - 16; Vertebrae: 42 - 43. Diagnosis: Distinguished from its congeners by an elevated number of pored lateral-line scales (65-68 vs. 60 or fewer); a lower anal-fin ray count (iii,12-13 vs. iii,15); a large terminal black spot at the caudal-fin base (vs. absence); presence of vertical barring on the flanks (vs. none); unique configuration of lateral barring, consisting of a dominant row of 15-17 short ovoid bars or spots passing a little above mid-body level, and a secondary row of somewhat less distinct ovoid spots or bars positioned over the lateral line; the 2 rows separate in adults, merged in juveniles (Ref. 57537).

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Africa: known only from the lower Congo River in Democratic Republic of the Congo (Ref. 57537).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Captured in deeper stretches of open water in relatively fast-flowing waters; in complex habitats of alternating riffles and pools, on rocky substrate (Ref. 57537).

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Stiassny, M.L.J., R.C. Schelly and U.K. Schliewen, 2006. A new species of Raiamas (Teleostei: Cyprinidae) from the Lower Congo River, with a phylogenetic assessment of the generic limits of the predatory cyprinid genera Opsaridium, Raiamas, and Leptocypris. Copeia 2006(3):370-377.

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00380 (0.00167 - 0.00864), b=3.13 (2.92 - 3.34), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  2.9   ±0.3 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 (23 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.