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Chrysichthys praecox  Hardman & Stiassny, 2008

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes (Catfish) > Claroteidae (Claroteid catfishes) > Claroteinae
Etymology: Chrysichthys: Greek, chrysos = golden + Greek, ichthys = fish (Ref. 45335);  praecox: From the Latin 'praecox', meaning early ripening or precocious, in reference to the small size at which this species matures (Ref. 78725).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; demersal.   Tropical

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Africa: only known from Lake Mai-Ndombe (middle Congo River basin), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Ref. 78725).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 78725)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

This species is distinguished from other Chrysichthys by having vomerine accessory toothplates forming a smooth arc, narrowly separated in midline and broadening posteriorly in adult males; narrow and sharply pointed supraoccipital process; upper jaw extending beyond lower jaw; strong postcleithral process; maxillary barbel length 2,7-4,8 times in standard length; nasal barbel reaching the orbit; uniformly dark pigmentation; and 14-19 gill rakers on the first gill arch (Ref. 78725).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Lac Mai-Ndombe is a 'blackwater' lake with an acidic pH (4.0-5.5); maximum depth is 10 m; limits increase dramatically during seasonal rains; C. praecox is a small claroteid catfish with marked secondary sexual dimorphism; matures at small size (Ref. 78725).

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Hardman, M. and M.L.J. Stiassny, 2008. A sexually dimorphic species of Chrysichthys (Siluriformes: Claroteidae) from Lac Mai-Ndombe, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 19(2):175-184. (Ref. 78725)

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=0.00851 (0.00368 - 0.01970), b=3.02 (2.83 - 3.21), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.1   ±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 vulnerability (10 of 100) .