Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Amphiliidae
(Loach catfishes) > Amphiliinae
Etymology: Amphilius: Greek, amphi = on both sides + Greek, leios = fat; ruziziensis: Named for the Ruzizi River drainage in eastern Rwanda and Burundi, where type specimens of this species were collected and the species is primarily distributed (Ref. 103388).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
Africa: Ruzizi River drainage (Ref. 103388) and northeastern tributaries of Lake Tanganyika in Burundi (Ref. 103388).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 103388)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 7 - 10. Diagnosis: Amphilius ruziziensis is diagnosed from A. pedunculus, A. frieli, and A. crassus by its more slender caudal peduncle, caudal peduncle depth 8.6-9.5% of standard length vs. 9.7-12.3%, and from A. jacksonii, A. pedunculus, A. crassus, and A. lujani by its narrower interorbital width, 23.4-25.1% of head length vs. 26.7-35.8% (Ref. 103388). It is further diagnosed from A. frieli, A. crassus, and A. lujani by its more slender body, body depth at anus 11.1-12.9% of standard length vs. 13.5-17.4% (Ref. 103388). Amphilius ruziziensis is further diagnosed from A. frieli by having fewer branchiostegal rays, 6-7 vs. 8-9, fewer total gill rakers on the first gill arch, 6-8, rarely 5 or 9 vs. 10-11, rarely 9 or 12, and a longer caudal peduncle, caydal peduncle length 18.7-20.3% of standard length vs. 14.4-16.4%; it is further diagnosed from A. crassus by a longer caudal peduncle, caudal peduncle length 18.7-20.3% of standard length vs. 13.3-15.5%, and shorter dorsal-fin insertion to adipose-fin insertion length, 38.2-41.5% of standard length vs. 42.2-44.6%; it is further diagnosed from A. jacksonii by its deeper caudal peduncle, caudal peduncle depth 8.6-9.5% of standard length vs. 4.8-7.9% (Ref. 103388).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Thomson, A.W., L.M. Page and S.A. Hilber, 2015. Revision of the Amphilius jacksonii complex (Siluriformes: Amphiliidae), with the descriptions of five new species. Zootaxa 3986(1):61-87. (Ref. 103388)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.0 ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (38 of 100) .