Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: 6.5 - 7.2; non-migratory. Tropical; 22°C - 26°C (Ref. 2059)
Africa: rivers in Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad (Ref. 57259), Benin and Togo (Ref. 27139); also river drainages in Central African Republic (Ref. 3788) and White Nile in Sudan (Ref. 3788, 7372).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 57259); 4.0 cm TL (female)
soft rays: 9 - 12. Diagnosis: small but relatively deep-bodied ‘Lampeye’ species with fairly long unpaired fins; adult males with long ventral fins that may reach to the end of the anal fin; dorsal fin with 6-8 rays, anal fin with 9-12 rays, displacement between dorsal and anal fins 1/4-7; scales on mid-lateral series 24-27 (Ref. 57259).
A savannah dwelling species found in, or close to, vegetated parts of small rivers, brooks, and swamps (Ref. 7372, 57259). Not a seasonal killifish. Is easy to maintain in the aquarium (Ref. 27139).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Huber, J.H., 1996. Killi-Data 1996. Updated checklist of taxonomic names, collecting localities and bibliographic references of oviparous Cyprinodont fishes (Atherinomorpha, Pisces). Société Française d'Ichtyologie, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France, 399 p. (Ref. 27139)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: ; aquarium: commercial
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5156 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00437 (0.00163 - 0.01168), b=3.13 (2.89 - 3.37), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.45 se; based on food items.
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).