Labeo macrostoma Boulenger, 1898
Labeo macrostoma
photo by Mertens, P.

Family:  Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps), subfamily: Labeoninae
Max. size:  73 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Africa: lower Congo River basin in Democratic Republic of the Congo (Ref. 26192). Also reported from Stanley-Pool (Ref. 2801). Other reports (Cameroon, Kwango and Kasai rivers in Angola, Aruwimi, middle Congo River and Kasai in Congo DR) are questionable and need confirmation. Mostly in rapid water habitats, e.g. cataracts of Yelala and Kinsuka.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-10; Vertebrae: 32-32. Lips with transverse plicae on inner surface; upper edge of dorsal fin concave, eyes superolateral, snout very prominent and very large; two pairs of barbels present (Ref. 12456).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 16 February 2009 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 30.06.94
Modified by: Torres, Armi G. - 09.12.12
Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 04.07.94

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