Labeobarbus polylepis (Boulenger, 1907)
Smallscale yellowfish
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Family:  Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps), subfamily: Torinae
Max. size:  58.5 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 6,800.0 g
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater,
Distribution:  Africa: restricted to the southern tributaries of the Limpopo, and the Incomati and Pongolo Rivers (Ref. 52193, 108777).
Biology:  A cool-water species not found below 600m altitude; occurs in deep pools and flowing waters of permanent rivers and in dams (Ref. 52193). It feeds primarily on algae in winter months and aquatic insects in summer months, but also takes mussels, snails, crabs and small fish (Ref. 52193). It breeds during spring and summer, males maturing at a smaller size (170mm FL) than females (300mm FL); females grow larger than males (Ref. 7248, 52193).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 06 February 2017 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Found in the Incomati River.

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