Enteromius haasianus (David, 1936)
Sickle barb
photo by Mertens, P.

Family:  Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps), subfamily: Smiliogastrinae
Max. size:  3.2 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Africa: Okavango, upper Zambezi, Kafue, lower Zambezi and Pungwe systems (Ref. 52193). Also in the Cuanza in Angola (Ref. 11970, 120641). In the middle Congo basin present in the upper Lulua (Kasai drainage), in the upper Congo basin in the upper Lualaba, Luapula, (Ref. 41590), Lake Bangweulu (Ref. 41590, 42135) and Bangweulu swamps (Ref. 42135).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 2-2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-9; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 6-6. Description: No barbels present on the small terminal mouth; eye very large (Ref. 13337, 122753). Anal fin of the adult male elongated, sickle-shaped and can reach the tail (Ref. 13337). No lateral line (Ref. 13337).
Biology:  Inhabits swamps and floodplains in well-vegetated habitats (Ref. 7248).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 01 May 2009 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 23.06.94
Modified by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 27.09.04
Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 28.07.94

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