Labeobarbus nedgia Rüppell, 1835
Labeobarbus nedgia
photo by Nagelkerke, L.

Family:  Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps), subfamily: Torinae
Max. size:  70.7 cm FL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater; depth range 1 - 6 m
Distribution:  Africa: Lake Tana and other sites in Ethiopia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-13; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 8-8. Lower lip forming a distinct median lobe; upper lip well developed, often with a median fleshy lobe; if lobes are absent, often a fleshy 'nose' is present; operculum depth about as large as ventral cheek length; head length less than 1.2 times in body depth.
Biology:  Occurs especially over rocky substrates in water of no more than 6 m depth. Is a macro-benthivore: specimens smaller than 15 cm FL mainly eat insect larvae, but switch to a more diverse diet when their size increases: adult insects, mollusks and detritus become more important; large specimens are the only barbs in Lake Tana that eat freshwater crabs of the genus Potamonautes; and also eat some fish (Ref. 35835).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 01 May 2009 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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