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Labeo congoro  Peters, 1852

Purple labeo
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes (Carps) > Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps) > Labeoninae
Etymology: Labeo: Latin, labeo = one who has large lips (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Peters.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic; potamodromous (Ref. 51243).   Subtropical; 22°C - 26°C (Ref. 13614); 11°S - 27°S

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Africa: Zambezi river and the Incomati system. Present in the warm sections of the Middle Zambezi, Pungwe, Buzi, Sabi and Lundi rivers but absent from the cooler sections. Also from the rivers of Tanzania, the Luapula-Moero region of the Congo basin and Malagarasi River in Lake Tanganyika.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 41.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 7248); max. published weight: 4.3 kg (Ref. 7248)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs in strong-flowing rocky stretches of larger perennial rivers. Grazes algae and `aufwuchs' from rocks and firm surfaces including the backs of hippos, leaving characteristic tracks. Migrate upstream in swollen rivers to breed (Ref. 7248). Can occur as either sail-fin or normal varieties (Ref. 4967).

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Reid, G.M., 1985. A revision of African species of Labeo (Pisces: Cyprinidae) and a re-definition of the genus. Verlag von J. Cramer, Braunschweig. 322 p. (Ref. 1440)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: subsistence fisheries; gamefish: yes
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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=0.01047 (0.00504 - 0.02175), b=3.03 (2.86 - 3.20), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this species & Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  High vulnerability (56 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.