Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Claroteidae
(Claroteid catfishes) > Claroteinae
Etymology: Phyllonemus: Greek, phyhllon = leaf + Greek, nema = filament (Ref. 45335); brichardi: Named after P. Brichard, collector of the holotype (Ref. 47263).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
Africa: endemic to Lake Tanganyika, only known from the type locality: eastern shore of the Ubwari Peninsula, Lake Tanganyika, DR Congo (Ref. 47263, 75075, 78218).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.8 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 47263)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 7. Elongate body (Ref. 47263). Head longer than 1/3 of the standard length, 2 times as long as broad (Ref. 47263). Snout rectangular, 1.3 times as broad as long (Ref. 47263). Nasal barbel absent; long maxillary barbel, reaching the anterior end of the anal fin; outer mandibular barbel extremely long, measuring more than twice the head length and longer than the maxillary barbels, reaching the caudal fin base; inner mandibular barbel long, reaching the posterior end of the dorsal base (Ref. 47263). Toothless palate (Ref. 47263). Dorsal spine short, shorter than the dorsal fin base (Ref. 47263). Long adipose fin, which base is longer than the distance between the dorsal fin and the adipose fin (Ref. 47263). Pectoral spine more developed than the dorsal spine, but still small (Ref. 47263). Dorsal, ventral and anal fins moderate (Ref. 47263). The coloration of the preserved specimen is dark brown (Ref. 47263).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Risch, L., 1987. Description of four new bagrid catfishes from Africa (Siluriformes: Bagridae). Cybium 11(1):21-38. (Ref. 47263)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00759 (0.00335 - 0.01717), b=3.04 (2.85 - 3.23), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.5 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 (10 of 100) .