Micropanchax loati (Boulenger, 1901)
Nile killifish
Micropanchax loati
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Family:  Procatopodidae (African lampeyes), subfamily: Procatopodinae
Max. size:  4 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater, non-migratory
Distribution:  Africa: White Nile drainage in Sudan, Nile delta in Egypt, Nile and Lake Victoria drainage in Uganda, Lake Victoria, Malagarazi and Wembere systems in Tanzania (Ref. 47311).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7-8; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 13-15. 24-28 scales in longitudinal series (Ref. 28714).
Biology:  Found in small bodies of water and shallow weedy parts of larger water bodies, swamps, irrigation ditches, brooks and small rivers (Ref. 47311). Not a seasonal killifish (Ref. 27139). Eggs develop in about 14 days in captivity and young reach sexual maturity at age of about 7-8 months (Ref. 47311).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 13 January 2016 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Reported from Nile delta in Egypt (Ref. 47311, 106171), but regarded as extinct here due to introduction of Gambusia affinis or Gambusia holbrooki and pollution and salinization (Ref. 47311). Also Ref. 3788, 6376, 27139.

Entered by: Cruz, Tess - 03.08.92
Modified by: Geelhand, Dimitri - 13.01.16
Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 18.05.94

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