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Epiplatys spilargyreius  (Duméril, 1861)

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cyprinodontiformes (Rivulines, killifishes and live bearers) > Nothobranchiidae (African rivulines)
Etymology: Epiplatys: Greek, epi = over, in front + Greek, platys = flat (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic; potamodromous (Ref. 51243).   Tropical; 24°C - 30°C (Ref. 12468)

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Africa: Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Benin, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sudan (White Nile) (Ref. 47774). In the Congo basin known from the lower Congo, Stanley Pool (Ref. 47774), the middle Congo River (Ref. 109017) and the Ubangi (Ref. 47774).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 27139)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-9. Has 12-14 bold oblique dark stripes on the flanks which may continue onto the caudal fin. The caudal fin may either be pointed or broadly rounded with a small point (Ref. 28714).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs in swampy areas, small brooks and small streams and other bodies of quiet water in the savannah (Ref. 47774). 6 cm max TL (Ref. 3788). Browses on algae and higher plant material, terrestrial and aquatic insects, notably culicid larvae and pupae and small beetles. Males are smaller than females (Ref. 28714). Not a seasonal killifish. Is very difficult to maintain in aquarium (Ref. 27139).

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

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Huber, J.H., 1996. Killi-Data 1996. Updated checklist of taxonomic names, collecting localities and bibliographic references of oviparous Cyprinodont fishes (Atherinomorpha, Pisces). Société Française d'Ichtyologie, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France, 399 p. (Ref. 27139)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

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=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.1   ±0.39 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .