Clypeobarbus hypsolepis (Daget, 1959)
Clypeobarbus hypsolepis
photo by Mody, K.

Family:  Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps), subfamily: Barbinae
Max. size:  3.3 cm SL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 3.0 g
Environment:  benthopelagic, potamodromous
Distribution:  Africa: present in Upper Niger and known from the high basins of the Volta, Bandama, Agn├ębi and also in the Niger Delta in Nigeria (Ref. 81282). Also Ref. 2940.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-11; Anal soft rays: 8-8. Diagnosis: last simple dorsal-fin ray smooth on hind margin; scale formula 2.5/21-25/2.5; 1.5 scales between lateral line and pelvic-fin base; 8 scales around caudal peduncle; lateral-line scales distinctly deeper than other, particularly below dorsal fin; 8 branched dorsal fin rays; anterior barbel not reaching to anterior margin of eye; posterior barbel reaching to, or extending beyond, posterior half of eye; lateral line complete and slightly depressed below dorsal fin; maximum reported size 33 mm SL (Ref. 2940, 81282). Description: very small species slightly compressed body, straight dorsal profile; mouth subterminal; cephalic pores poorly developed, but visible on cheeks; two pairs of rather long barbels; lateral line rejoining mid-lateral line above anal fin; morphologically closely related to B. pleurophollis, the latter mainly found in Chad and Congo basins; D:III,8; A:III,5 (Ref. 2940, 81282) Coloration: body silvery in life; scales black-edged; unpaired fins tinged with light to bright pink in males; dorsal fin greyish in females; no distinct band or spots on body (Ref. 2940, 81282).
Biology:  Affinities: B. pleuropholis from Chad and Congo basins (Ref. 2940). Maximum TL was recorded at 4.2 cm (Ref. 2801).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 30 April 2006 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 05.03.91
Modified by: Geelhand, Dimitri - 22.04.13
Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 29.08.94

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