The species Barbus degeni Boulenger, 1902 is considered a synonym of Labeobarbus intermedius (Rüppell, 1835) in Eschmeyer (CofF ver. May 2011: Ref. 86870). It is treated here a synonym of Labeobarbus nedgia Rüppell, 1835 according to Nagelkerke & Sibbing (1997: Ref. 35835).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; depth range 1 - 6 m (Ref. 35835). Tropical
Africa: Lake Tana and its tributaries, Ethiopia (Ref. 35835, 96382, 128753); also known from another lake and several rivers in the Ethiopian region (Ref. 35835, 96382).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 70.7 cm FL male/unsexed; (Ref. 35835)
soft rays: 8. Lower lip forming a distinct median lobe; upper lip well developed, often with a median fleshy lobe; if lobes are absent, often a fleshy 'nose' is present; operculum depth about as large as ventral cheek length; head length less than 1.2 times in body depth.
Occurs especially over rocky substrates in water of no more than 6 m depth. Is a macro-benthivore: specimens smaller than 15 cm FL mainly eat insect larvae, but switch to a more diverse diet when their size increases: adult insects, mollusks and detritus become more important; large specimens are the only barbs in Lake Tana that eat freshwater crabs of the genus Potamonautes; and also eat some fish (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. 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 (0.00432 - 0.02113), b=3.02 (2.84 - 3.20), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.50 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (51 of 100).