Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfishes) > Amphiliidae
(Loach catfishes) > Leptoglaninae
Etymology: Zaireichthys: Composed form Zaire river + Greek,ichtys = fish; the habitat of this fish (Ref. 45335).
More on author: Poll.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical; 4°S - 5°S
Africa: Congo River basin, including Pool Malebo (Ref. 51287, 86935), middle Congo River main course (Ref. 106245), Lindi-Tshopo River (Ref. 106290) and Wagenia Falls (Ref. 51287, 106245), in Democratic Republic of the Congo; also Ubangui River drainage, middle Congo River basin, in Democratic Republic of the Congo and Central African Republic (Ref. 51287).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 2.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 51287)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Diagnosis: Zaireichthys mandevillei differs from all other members of the genus Zaireichthys, except Z. zonatus, in the small eye, which is 12 times in the head length, compared with the range of 4.1-7.4 in the other species; it differs from Z. zonatus in the shape of the caudal fin, which is forked in Z. mandevillei and rounded in Z. zonatus (Ref. 86935).
It is confined to sandy reaches of the mainstream of the Congo River and its largest tributaries (Ref. 51287).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Roberts, T.R., 2003. Systematics and osteology of Leptoglaninae a new subfamily of the African catfish family Amphiliidae, with descriptions of three new genera and six new species. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 54(5):81-132. (Ref. 51287)
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. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this 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) .
Climate Vulnerability (Ref. 125649
): (0 of 100) .