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Nannocharax fasciatus  Günther, 1867

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Characiformes (Characins) > Distichodontidae (Distichodus)
Etymology: Nannocharax: Latin, nannus = small + Greek, charax = a marine fish without identification (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Günther.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; pelagic; pH range: 6.0 - 7.5; dH range: 7 - 15; potamodromous (Ref. 51243).   Tropical; 22°C - 27°C (Ref. 1672)

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Africa: widespread, known from Senegal to Cameroon, including the Lake Chad basin (Ref. 2936, 80507, 81638, 86396). Also in the Dja and Bumba rivers (middle Congo River basin) in Cameroon (Ref. 46233). Reported from Ntem and Kribi Rivers (Ref. 51193), but not confirmed in Ref. 81638. Holotype from Gabon (Ref. 93570), without further specifications.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2936)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-14; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 8 - 12. Diagnosis: body slightly elongate; head length 3.7-4.3x SL; 2.5-6 scales between anus and anal-fin base; 12-16 scales around caudal peduncle; 12-18 pectoral branched rays; 8-10 pelvic branched rays; series of separate spots along lateral line, not always distinct (frequently suffused by marbled color pattern on sides); scale formula 4-5.5/40-46 (Ref. 2936, 86396). 43-46 pored (except terminal 1-2) lateral line scales (Ref. 81638). Tip of pelvic fin extending distinctly beyond vent; dorsal portions of body with distinct dark, vertically oriented dark marks forming saddle-shaped pigmentation pattern; various dark marks on lateral surface of body without prominent, horizontally elongate dark spots on mid-lateral surface of body; dark pigmentation on body above horizontal through base of pectoral fin (Ref. 81638). 12-14 (Ref. 81638) or 11-14 (Ref. 2936, 86396) total dorsal fin branched rays. 10-12 (Ref. 81638) or 8-12 (Ref. 2936, 86396) total anal fin branched rays.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Maximum TL was recorded at 7.8 cm (Ref. 7094). Feeds on small invertebrates (Ref. 13614).

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Gosse, J.-P. and E.J. Coenen, 1990. Distichodontidae. p. 237-260. In C. Lévêque, D. Paugy and G.G. Teugels (eds.) Faune des poissons d'eaux douces et saumâtres de l'Afrique de l'Ouest. Tome I. Coll. Faune Tropicale n° XXVIII. Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Tervuren and O.R.S.T.O.M., Paris, 384 p. (Ref. 2936)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Fisheries: ; aquarium: commercial
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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=0.01995 (0.00906 - 0.04395), b=3.01 (2.83 - 3.19), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.4   ±0.45 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.