Kuhlia sauvagii Regan, 1913
Kuhlia sauvagii
photo by Ravelomanana, T.

Family:  Kuhliidae (Aholeholes)
Max. size:  18.1 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  pelagic; freshwater; brackish
Distribution:  Africa: Madagascar. Endemic and restricted to rivers draining the eastern coast of the island (Ref. 87783).
Diagnosis:  Differs from congeners , with the exception of K. rupestris, in the possession of an emarginate (vs. deeply forked) caudal fin. K. sauvagii is distinguished from K. rupestris in the coloration of the iris (light brown vs. silvery white), the presence of a distinctive wide orange-red cresent-shaped marking covering the upper half of the eye (absent in K. rupestris), the absence of a black blotch on the upper and lower lobe of the caudal fin in specimens >50.0 mm SL, a lower gill-raker count (18-20 [mode 19] vs. 18-23 [mode 20]), and by more pored lateral line scales (42-44 vs. 38-41) (Ref. 87783).
IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU); Date assessed: 30 June 2016 (B1ab(iii)) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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