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Mastacembelus kakrimensis  Vreven & Teugels, 2005

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Synbranchiformes (Spiny eels) > Mastacembelidae (Spiny eels)
Etymology: Mastacembelus: Greek, mastax, -agos = bite + Greek, emballo = to throw oneself (Ref. 45335);  kakrimensis: Named after the Kakrima River, a major tributary of the Konkoure River basin in Guinea, the type locality of the new species (Ref. 55095).

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Freshwater; benthopelagic.   Tropical

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Africa: Upper Konkoure River basin in Guinea (Ref. 55095).

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 23.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 55095)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 29 - 30; Dorsal soft rays (total): 75-85; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 76 - 86; Vertebrae: 90 - 93. Mastacembelus kakrimensis has a blunted snout (Ref. 55095). Posterior angle of lips situated from about below the horizontal middle of the posterior nare up to its posterior edge (Ref. 55095). Upper corner of gill opening very slightly anterior to dorsal point of pectoral-fin base, both points clearly anterior to ventral point of pectoral-fin base; dorsal point of pectoral-fin base situated largely above upper corner of gill opening; gill opening closed for about half, up to entire vertical distance between the dorsal and ventral edge of the pectoral-fin base (Ref. 55095). Lateral line is yellowish-white; can be continuous in anterior part, from the head up to half the distance between head and anus; the remaining, more porsterior, part of the lateral line is always clearly discontinuous (Ref. 55095). Preopercular spines are present in small-sized specimens, but are absent in medium and large sized specimens (Ref. 55095). Preanal length negatively allometric, postanal length positively allometric, latter always smaller than former (Ref. 55095).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found in riffles of a small river with bottom consisted of rock boulders with aquatic vegetation (Ref. 55095).

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Vreven, E.J. and G.G. Teugels, 2005. Redescription of Mastacembelus liberiensis Boulenger, 1898 and description of a new West African spiny-eel (Synbranchiformes: Mastacembelidae) from the Konkoure River basin, Guinea. J. Fish Biol. 67:332-369. (Ref. 55095)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 108899)

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=0.00295 (0.00132 - 0.00659), b=2.93 (2.74 - 3.12), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.3   ±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 to moderate vulnerability (28 of 100) .