Labeobarbus compiniei (Sauvage, 1879)
Labeobarbus compiniei
photo by MNHN

Family:  Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps), subfamily: Torinae
Max. size:  73 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Africa: Lower Guinea endemic, present in the rivers of Gabon and the Republic of Congo (Ref. 81639).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 1-1; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-13; Anal soft rays: 8-8. Diagnosis: mouth subterminal; lips weakly or moderately developed, very thick, lower lip with a mental lobe; two pairs of well-developed barbels, anterior pair shorter than posterior pair, the latter measuring 0.67x eye diameter; lower jaw not reaching to anterior margin of eye; 27-31 scales in lateral line; last simple ray of dorsal fin strong and ossified, not serrated, measuring at the most equal to head length; snout 2.5x HL; length of caudal peduncle 2x its height (Ref. 81639). Description: large species; scales longitudinally striated; scale formula: 4.5/27-31/4-4.5/2-3/10-12; D: III-IV, 10; A: III, 5; P: 16; V: 10; lateral line complete but hardly visible; dorsal fin with concave border (Ref. 81639). Coloration: base of each scale is white, distally purplish blue; snout purplish blue; fins are iron grey, and purplish blue proximally; caudal fin grey and bluish proximally; opercle is tinged purplish blue (Ref. 81639).
Biology: 
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 16 February 2009 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 22.06.94
Modified by: Boden, Gert - 30.03.10

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