Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Teleostei (teleosts) > Cyprinodontiformes
(Rivulines, killifishes and live bearers) > Procatopodidae
(African lampeyes) > Procatopodinae
Etymology: Hylopanchax: Greek, hylo, hyle = material, wood + Panchax, a word created by Meinken in 1932 ; multisquamatus: The name is derived from the Latin term multi meaning 'many' and squama meaning 'scale' and refers to the high number in mid-longitudinal scales (Ref. 123864).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; pelagic. Tropical
Africa: tributaries of the Ivindo River drainage, a right-bank affluent of the Ogowe River basin, in Gabon (Ref. 123864).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 2.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 123864); 2.1 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 13 - 16;
Vertebrae: 31 - 32. Diagnosis: Hylopanchax multisquamatus is distinguished from its congeners by the presence of more scales along the mid-longitudinal series of scales, 27-30 vs. 19-26, and by the possession of an anterior/posterior flank scale height ration, 140%-150% vs. 170%-220% (Ref. 123864). It is distinguished from H. stictopleuron by the number of scales in transversal row, 6 vs. 5; in addition, H. multisquamatus is distinguished from congeners except Hylopanchax thysi, by the presence of a hyaline urogenital male papilla with small black spots in preserved specimens vs. black, and by the presence of a dark-brown reticulate pattern on the flank of both males and females vs. absence or less-conspicuous pattern; finally, H. multisquamatus is distinguished from H. thysi by the presence of 11-12 pectoral-fin rays vs. 13-14, a male caudal peduncle depth-length ratio between 40-45% vs. 53-59%, a body depth of 20.0-23.7% of standard length vs. 25.2-27.8%, a female predorsal length between 66.0-74.8% of standard length vs. 62.0-64.0%, and a female prepelvic length of 42.1-45.1% of standard length vs. 33.7-38.0% (Ref. 123864).
This species inhabits shallow creeks inside dense forest areas (Ref. 123864).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Bragança, P.H.N., J.R. van der Zee, R. Sonnenberg and E.J.W.M.N. Vreven, 2021. Description of two new miniature species of Hylopanchax Poll & Lambert, 1965 (Cypriniformes: Procatopodidae) from northeastern Gabon, with an updated diagnosis of the genus based on morphology, colouration and osteology. J. Fish Biol. 98(3):655-667. (Ref. 123864)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
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