Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cyprinodontiformes
(Rivulines, killifishes and live bearers) > Nothobranchiidae
Etymology: Aphyosemion: Greek, aphye, -es, sardine, anchovy + Greek, semeion = mark, signal (Ref. 45335); plagitaenium: The species name, plagitaenium, means with an oblique band, in reference to the oblique - not vertical - red lower lineated pattern on male sides, sometimes forming a "chevron" pattern with upper sides (Ref. 83477).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; pelagic. Tropical
Africa: only known from the type locality at Epoma (Mambili drainage, Likouala system, middle Congo River basin) in the Republic of Congo (Ref. 83477).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 83477)
Morphology | Morphometrics
A small species, with a slightly more slender morphology in the Aphyosemion subgenus and with a unique color pattern on male posterior sides of oblique red lines, sometimes fusing to form chevrons ('<<', as seen starting from head) and with red blotches near the base of the anal fin (Ref. 83477).
Primary forest creeks with cool water (Ref. 83477).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Huber, J.H., 2004. Description of a new Aphyosemion species from Congo, A. plagitaenium n. sp., exhibiting a probable intra-generic color convergence with oblique bars. Freshw. Mar. Aquarium 27(12):70-74. (Ref. 83477)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
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=0.01072 (0.00433 - 0.02654), b=2.92 (2.71 - 3.13), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .