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Microsynodontis hirsuta Ng, 2004

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes (Catfish) > Mochokidae (Squeakers or upside-down catfishes)
Etymology: Microsynodontis: Greek, mikros = small + Greek, synodon = with the teeth growing all together (Ref. 45335);  hirsuta: Species name from the Latin hirsutus, meaning hairy; in reference to the long tubercles on the dorsal and lateral surfaces of the head, which gives the species a somewhat hairy appearance of the head (Ref. 52369).

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Freshwater; demersal; pH range: 5.0 - 5.0.   Tropical

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Africa: endemic to the Nye River (Ntem River basin) in northern Gabon (Ref. 52369, 81251).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.8 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 52369)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 11 - 12; Vertebrae: 36 - 37. Diagnosis: males with long (> 0.1 mm, up to 0.3 mm) tubercles on dorsal and lateral surfaces of head, females with comparatively longer (ca. 0.05 mm vs 0.02 mm) tubercles than congeners (Ref. 52369, 81251). Adipose fin very long, its base 34.6-37.9% SL; body without numerous dark brown elongate spots; caudal peduncle slender, its depth 7.1-7.8% SL (Ref. 81251). Anterior edge of pectoral spine with antrorse serrations; caudal fin rounded (Ref. 52369, 81251).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found in a fast-flowing creek over a rock/pebble substrate (Ref. 52369).

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Ng, H.H., 2004. The Microsynodontis (Teleostei: Siluriformes: Mochokidae) of the lower Guinea region, west central Africa, with the description of eight new species. Zootaxa 531:1-52. (Ref. 52369)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)

  Data deficient (DD) ; Date assessed: 16 February 2009

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless





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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5002   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01318 (0.00588 - 0.02957), b=2.96 (2.77 - 3.15), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.0   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .