Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical; 13°N - 11°N
Africa: endemic to Lake Tana and its tributaries, Ethiopia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 31.7 cm FL male/unsexed; (Ref. 35835)
soft rays: 8. Head width more than 1.8 times in head length; head length less than 1.3 times in body depth; body depth more than 3.6 times in standard length; eye diameter less than 1.6 times in interorbital width; light yellowish green.
Occurs over muddy, sandy and rocky substrates all over the lake, preferably in water of less than 6 m depth. Juveniles feed on zooplankton and insects; adults take in addition small mollusks and macrophytes (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. 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=0.01202 (0.00568 - 0.02543), b=2.96 (2.79 - 3.13), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.0 ±0.37 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (44 of 100) .