Parakneria damasi Poll, 1965
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Family:  Kneriidae (Shellears)
Max. size:  6.9 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic
Distribution:  Africa: Malembia River (Lualaba River tributary) and upper reaches of the upper Lualaba in Democratic Republic of the Congo (Ref. 89136).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): -0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11; Anal spines: -0; Anal soft rays: 9. Diagnosis: body depth 8.2-9.4 times in SL; head length 4.3-4.6 times in SL; snout rounded, its length 2.4-3 times in HL; eye superolateral, its diameter 4.7-5.2 times in HL, 1.4-1.7 times in interorbital distance, 1.5-2.1 times in snout length; dorsal fin origin slightly in front of pelvic fin origin, equidistant from snout tip and caudal fin origin; anal fin 1.5-1.8 times further from pelvic fin origin than from caudal fin origin; pectoral fin large, 4-4.6 times in SL, 1-1.1 times longer than head length; pelvic fin 5.4-6.5 times in SL, 1.2-1.3 times in HL; caudal peduncle length 1.9-2 times its depth (Ref. 89136). Description: mouth inferior; lower lip absent, but cutting edge present on lower jaw; scales on nape and belly rudimental, very small elsewhere; caudal fin with 19 soft rays, deeply forked, its lower lobe a little longer than the upper (Ref. 89136). Coloration: ground color yellowish; mediolateral band of irregular spots; laterodorsal and mediodorsal surfaces with spots separated by a paler, irregular mottling; darker opercular spot present; caudal fin with spots in transversal bands, other fins without color (Ref. 89136).
Biology: 
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 16 February 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 18.06.94

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