Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; depth range 1 - 6 m (Ref. 35835). Tropical; 13°N - 11°N
Africa: Endemic to Lake Tana, Ethiopia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 49.0 cm FL male/unsexed; (Ref. 35835)
soft rays: 7 - 8. Lower jaw falls inside upper jaw by at least the thickness of the lower lip; lower and upper lip well developed; head length less than 3.5 times in standard length; body depth at least 1.2 times in head length; no clear nuchal hump; eye diameter at least 2 times in snout length.
The species has a preference for rocky substrates, but also lives over sandy and muddy parts, especially in the shore area; absent from water deeper than 6 m; mainly a piscivore, but also eats small amounts of insects (Ref. 35835).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Nagelkerke, L.A.J. and F.A. Sibbing, 1997. A revision of the large barbs (Barbus spp., Cyprinidae, Teleostei) of Lake Tana, Ethiopia, with a description of seven new species. p. 105-170. In L.A.J. Nagelkerke (ed.) The barbs of Lake Tana, Ethiopia: morphological diversity and its implications for taxonomy, trophic resource partititioning and fisheries. Wageningen University, The Netherlands. (Ref. 35835)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
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=0.00437 (0.00199 - 0.00957), b=3.10 (2.89 - 3.31), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.8 ±0.61 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (42 of 100).