Lacustricola pumilus (Boulenger, 1906)
Tanganyika lampeye
Lacustricola pumilus
photo by Hippocampus-Bildarchiv

Family:  Poeciliidae (Poeciliids), subfamily: Procatopodinae
Max. size:  5.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; pH range: 7.5; dH range: 12, non-migratory
Distribution:  Africa: restricted to Lake Tanganyika and associated drainages in Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zambia (Ref. 47311). Also reported from the Lubalaye River (lower Lukuga tributary)(Ref. 93587), Malagarazi River (Ref. 54847) and Rusizi River (Ref. 47311). Reports from lakes Victoria, Nakavali, Edward, George and Kivu and associated drainages are misidentifications (Ref. 46152, 52331).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0
Biology:  Found in rivers and river mouths, coastal swamps, estuaries and other shallow parts of Lake Tanganyika (Ref. 47311). Occurs in small groups near river banks; found in slow flowing and stagnant water of river mouths and deltas near lakes (Ref. 36901). Feeds on algae, fish scales, termites, chironomid larvae, prawns and copepods (Ref. 43507). Not a seasonal killifish; easy to maintain in the aquarium (Ref. 27139). Eggs have development time of 14 days in captivity; sexual maturity reached at age of 5 months (Ref. 47311).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 28 February 2006 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Known from Lake Tanganyika and associated drainages (Ref. 4967, 47311, 93960) and Malagarazi River (Ref. 93960). Records from Lake Victoria drainage are misidentifications of Aplocheilichthys bukobanus (Ref. 52331). Also Ref. 3788, 27139, 31267.

Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 25.04.94
Modified by: Boden, Gert - 10.11.16
Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 09.02.95

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