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Ctenopoma kingsleyae  Günther, 1896

Tailspot ctenopoma
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Anabantidae (Climbing gouramies)
Etymology: Ctenopoma: Greek, kteis, ktenos = comb + Greek, poma, -atos = cover (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Günther.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: 6.0 - 8.0; dH range: 5 - 19.   Tropical; 22°C - 28°C (Ref. 1672), preferred ?

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Africa: Senegal (Ref. 57414) to Democratic Republic of the Congo (Ref. 93897), including the basins of the Senegal, Volta, Niger (Ref. 57414) and Congo (Ref. 81650). Also reported from Mauritania (Ref. 55783).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 8992); 18.2 cm SL (female); max. published weight: 125.00 g (Ref. 3799)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 16 - 18; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-13; Anal spines: 8-10; Anal soft rays: 10 - 13; Vertebrae: 25 - 26. Diagnosis: snout blunt; jaws weakly protrusible (ascending process of premaxilla short, not reaching anterior border of orbit) (Ref. 57414). Pelvic fins very lightly pigmented (Ref. 57414, 93191). Labyrinth composed of a complex, multiple folded plate (Ref. 57414, 93191). Adults larger than 75 mm SL; body depth into SL usually fewer than 3 times; spot at base of caudal fin without pale ring in adults; lachrymal never serrated (Ref. 57414). Flanks without faint mottling (Ref. 57414, 93191). 3-3.5 scales in upper and 8-8.5 in lower vertical series (Ref. 93191). 4 scales from last pored scale in upper lateral line to dorsal-fin base (counting pored scale) (Ref. 57414). 13-17 pored scales in upper lateral line, 9-14 in lower; 11-16 scales on right operculum; interorbit into head length 2.3-3.0 (Ref. 93191).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Prefers forest regions (Ref. 7393, 57414).

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

Produces up to 20,000 eggs.

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Norris, S.M., 2003. Anabantidae. p. 691-707. In C. Lévêque, D. Paugy and G.G. Teugels (eds.) Faune des poissons d'eaux douce et saumâtres de l'Afrique de l'Ouest, Tome 2. Coll. Faune et Flore tropicales 40. Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Tervuren, Belgique, Museum National d'Histoire Naturalle, Paris, France and Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Paris, France. 815 p. (Ref. 57414)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: of no interest; 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=0.02089 (0.01232 - 0.03543), b=3.02 (2.87 - 3.17), based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.2   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate vulnerability (38 of 100) .