Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Centrarchiformes
(Basses) > Kuhliidae
Etymology: Kuhlia: Because of Heindrich Kuhl, 1797-1821; researcher also with lizards (Gekkonidae). More on author: Regan.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; brackish; pelagic. Tropical
Africa: Madagascar. Endemic and restricted to rivers draining the eastern coast of the island (Ref. 87783).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 18.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 87783)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Differs from congeners , with the exception of K. rupestris, in the possession of an emarginate (vs. deeply forked) caudal fin. K. sauvagii is distinguished from K. rupestris in the coloration of the iris (light brown vs. silvery white), the presence of a distinctive wide orange-red cresent-shaped marking covering the upper half of the eye (absent in K. rupestris), the absence of a black blotch on the upper and lower lobe of the caudal fin in specimens >50.0 mm SL, a lower gill-raker count (18-20 [mode 19] vs. 18-23 [mode 20]), and by more pored lateral line scales (42-44 vs. 38-41) (Ref. 87783).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Loiselle, P. and M.L.J. Stiassny, 2007. Rehabilitation of the Malagasy Endemic Kuhlia sauvagii Regan, 1913 (Teleostei: Perciformes), with the Designation of a Neotype for Centropomus rupestris Lacépède, 1802. Am. Mus. Novit. 3561:1-13. (Ref. 87783)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5002 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01413 (0.00602 - 0.03315), b=3.06 (2.85 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.5 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (34 of 100) .