Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic, usually 1 - 3 m (Ref. 35835). Tropical
Africa: Lake Tana and other sites in Ethiopia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 43.0 cm FL male/unsexed; (Ref. 35835)
soft rays: 8. Head width less than 1.8 times in head length; head length more than 1.3 times in body depth; body depth less than 3.6 times in standard length; eye diameter more than 1.3 times in interorbital width; dark green; often with an extended, soft abdomen.
Occurs over muddy, sandy and rocky substrates all over the lake, preferably in water of no more than 3 m depth. Is a real macrophytivore: specimens smaller than 15 cm feed mainly on zooplankton and insect larvae; macrophytes increase in importance with size and finally make up most of the diet (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. 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=0.01202 (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
): 2.9 ±0.34 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (53 of 100) .