Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Osteoglossiformes
(Bony tongues) > Mormyridae
Etymology: Marcusenius: Becasue of J. Marcusen, author of "Zur Phauna des Schwarzen Meeres", 1867; ichthyologist; lucombesi: The specific name refers to the type locality of this species, Lucombe River, a tributary of the Ruvuma River system in the Niassa Game Reserve..
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Africa: tributaries of Ruvuma River in Mozambique (Ref. 95448).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 95448)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 28 - 29;
Vertebrae: 44. Diagnosis: Marcusenius lucombesi can be distinguished from its congeners by the following characters: distance dorsal fin origin to end of caudal peduncle 40.0-43.2% of standard length; distance anal fin origin to end of caudal peduncle 43.6-45.9% of standard length; pre-anal length 56.6-59.2% of standard length; pre-dorsal length 59.5-63.3% of standard length; low caudal peduncle depth 25.0-30.8% into its length; circumpeduncular scales 14-16; anal fin rays 28-29; dorsal fin rays 22-24; total vertebrae 44; lateral line scales 55-56; anterior gill rakers (4-5)+(4-5); total anterior gill rakers 8-10; posterior gill rakers (6)+(7); total posterior gill rakers 13; jaws with 5-5 conical teeth (Ref. 95448).
Found in aquatic weed beds, marginal vegetation and root-stocks of bank vegetation in headwater streams through to floodplain margins (Ref. 95448).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Maake, P.A., O. Gon and E.R. Swartz, 2014. Descriptions of three new species of Marcusenius Gill, 1862 (Teleostei: Mormyridae) from South Africa and Mozambique. Zootaxa 3780(3):455-480. (Ref. 95448)
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=0.00562 (0.00246 - 0.01284), b=3.05 (2.86 - 3.24), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±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).