Distichodus sexfasciatus Boulenger, 1897
Sixbar distichodus
Distichodus sexfasciatus
photo by Artigas Azas, J.M.

Family:  Distichodontidae (Distichodus)
Max. size:  76 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  pelagic; pH range: 6 - 7.5; dH range: 10 - 20
Distribution:  Africa: widespread in the Congo River basin, from the lower Congo (Ref. 1879, 42510) up to the upper Lualaba (Ref. 2970), but absent from Luapula-Moero (Ref. 2970). Also in the Lake Tanganyika basin (Ref. 4967, 36901).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 24-25; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 14-15
Biology:  Swim in shoals at the lower water layers of rivers and inshore areas of lake. Feeds on worms, crustaceans, insects and plant matter (Ref. 7020).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 16 February 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Known from the southern Congo River basin (Ref. 120641) in the Luachimo (Kasai tributary, middle Congo River basin) (Ref. 11970).

Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 14.06.94
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 26.08.09
Checked by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 14.08.94

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