Lacustricola katangae (Boulenger, 1912)
Striped topminnow
photo by Mertens, P.

Family:  Procatopodidae (African lampeyes), subfamily: Procatopodinae
Max. size:  4.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; pH range: 6.5 - 7.19999980926514, non-migratory
Distribution:  Africa: widely distributed in southern Africa (Ref. 47311). Found in rivers and lakes of the southern Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Namibia (Ref. 3788, 47311).
Biology:  It is found in schools mainly in the shallow and vegetated part of small rivers, brooks and swamps, and in the shallow parts of lakes (Ref. 47311). Uncommon in floodplains. Feeds on insect larvae, daphnia and other small invertebrates. Serial spawner, lays eggs on vegetation. Useful as a mosquito control agent (Ref. 7248). Not a seasonal killifish. Is difficult to maintain in aquarium (Ref. 27139).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 05 December 2017 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 02.09.93
Modified by: Boden, Gert - 18.04.20
Checked by: Bailly, Nicolas - 18.04.20

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