Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Osteoglossiformes
(Bony tongues) > Mormyridae
Etymology: Marcusenius: Becasue of J. Marcusen, author of "Zur Phauna des Schwarzen Meeres", 1867; ichthyologist; desertus: The specific name desertus refers to the Skeleton Coast desert (Ref. 113652).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical; 20°C - 22°C (Ref. 113652)
Africa: lower reaches of the Cunene River, close to the coast, in Angola and Namibia (Ref. 113652, 120641).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 20.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 113652)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 26 - 32. Diagnosis: Marcusenius desertus can be distinguished from its congeners by a combination of the following characters: short snout length, 40.8-45.8% of head length; small eye diameter, 11.9-19.5% of head length; nares separation 12.7-17.6 times in head length; short preanal distance, 59.2-62.7% of standard length; short head length, 17.6-20.8% of standard length; and long anal fin, 23.7-27.4% of standard length (Ref. 113652).
The riverbed where this species is found, is sandy or rocky, occasionally with steep cliffs bordering the river (Ref. 113652).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Kramer, L.B., F.H. van der Bank and M. Wink, 2016. Marcusenius desertus sp. nov. (Teleostei: Mormyridae), a mormyrid fish from the Namib desert. Afr. J. Aquat. Sci. 41(1):1-18. (Ref. 113652)
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
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (25 of 100) .