Labeobarbus megastoma (Nagelkerke & Sibbing, 1997)
photo by Nagelkerke, L.

Family:  Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps), subfamily: Torinae
Max. size:  82.4 cm FL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Africa: endemic to Lake Tana and its tributaries, Ethiopia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-13; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 8-8. Lower jaw extending anteriorly of the upper jaw by at least the thickness of the upper lip; upper jaw length more than 1.3 times in lower jaw.
Biology:  Has a small preference for rocky substrates and waters less than 6 m deep. Is a partial piscivore: specimens smaller than 15 FL mainly eat insect larvae and zooplankton, but also some fish. With size, the amount of fish in the diet increases, as does the amount of plant material, while the amount of insects decreases and zooplankton disappears altogether (Ref. 35835).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 01 May 2009 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 12.05.00
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 15.07.13
Checked by: Froese, Rainer - 25.09.00

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