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Petrocephalus wesselsi  Kramer & van der Bank, 2000

Southern Churchill
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Osteoglossiformes (Bony tongues) > Mormyridae (Elephantfishes)
Etymology: Petrocephalus: Latin, petra = stone + Greek, kephale = head (Ref. 45335);  wesselsi: Named for Pierre Wesselsi.

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

Freshwater; pelagic.   Subtropical

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri

Africa: Incomati River system (Sabie River forms a part of it), the Blyde and Letaba rivers that both drain into the Limpopo (a major independent system), and in the Pongola River (Natal).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 11.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 38306); 10.9 cm SL (female)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits fast flowing, major, perennial river, bordered by dense, subtropical or tropical vegetation (Ref. 38306).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

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Kramer, B. and F.H. van der Bank, 2000. The southern churchill, Petrocephalus wesselsi, a new species of mormyrid from South Africa defined by electric organ discharges, genetics, and morphology. Environ. Biol. Fish. 59(4):393-413. (Ref. 38306)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)

  Least Concern (LC) ; Date assessed: 06 December 2016

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 = 0.5000   [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):  3.2   ±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 (13 of 100) .