Coptostomabarbus wittei David & Poll, 1937
Upjaw barb
Coptostomabarbus wittei
photo by Katemo Manda, B.

Family:  Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps), subfamily: Smiliogastrinae
Max. size:  4 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Africa: Okavango Delta, upper Zambezi system, Kafue floodplains and floodplains of the Lualaba tributary of the Congo. Probably closely related to the sicklefin barb, Barbus haasianus.
Biology:  Occurs in swamps and floodplains in shallow densely vegetated still-water habitats. Feeds on minute planktonic organisms (Ref. 7248).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 01 May 2009 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Present in the Zambezi and Okavango basins (Ref. 120641).

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