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:  Known from Lake Victoria, Malagarazi river (Ref. 3788, 4967, 47311) and Wembere river drainage in central Tanzania (Ref. 3788, 47311). Also Ref. 13624, 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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