Teleostei (teleosts) > Cyprinodontiformes
(Rivulines, killifishes and live bearers) > Aphaniidae
Etymology: Apricaphanius: Name from the Latin substantive Apricus, meaning 'shining', alluding to the many small white spots on the flanks of the male, which give them a shiny appearance.; saourensis: The species name comes from the geographical toponym "Saoura", the name of the valley from which the type series was collected, and the only known locality with an extant population (Ref. 57144).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Subtropical
Africa: Algeria .
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 57144); 3.4 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 10 - 11. Body moderately elongated (Ref. 57144). Preorbital length 0.9-1.3 in eye-diameter (Ref. 57144). Dorsal fin inserted before origin of anal fin, on the same axis, with 7-8 (rarely 9) branched dorsal-fin rays (Ref. 57144). A long and narrow caudal peduncle, its length 1.7-2.0 in body least depth (Ref. 57144). Body pigmentation of live males a profusely mottled blue and silver, not forming vertical bars; females without conspicuous black spots, except a spot at the junction of the caudal peduncle and central caudal fin rays (Ref. 57144).
This species could be considered as critically endangered following IUCN criteria (Ref. 57144). Excessive ground water withdrawal for agricultural purposes, the drying of wetlands, and water pollution are, along with the introduced Gambusia, the major threats to the survival of this species (Ref. 57144).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Freyhof, J. and B. Yoğurtçuoğlu, 2020. A proposal for a new generic structure of the killifish family Aphaniidae, with the description of Aphaniops teimorii (Teleostei: Cyprinodontiformes). Zootaxa 4810(3):421-451. (Ref. 126233)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00955 (0.00434 - 0.02104), b=3.22 (3.04 - 3.40), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.0 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).