Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Anabantidae
Etymology: Ctenopoma: Greek, kteis, ktenos = comb + Greek, poma, -atos = cover (Ref. 45335). More on author: Günther.
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical, preferred ?
Africa: Ogowe River and Congo River basin (Ref. 81650).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 16.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 81650)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 19 - 20;
soft rays: 8 - 11;
Vertebrae: 30. Head and snout relatively acute, dorsal profile flat, with body deepening steadily from snout to maximum depth (Ref. 81650). Dorsal and anal fins are pointed in both sexes (Ref. 81650). Scales in lateral series 28-30, upper lateral line 13-19, lower lateral line 11-16, 2-4 scales above upper lateral line, 7-9 below it (Ref. 81650). There are 2-16 serrations above opercular notch, 0-10 serrations within notch, 2-16 serrations below notch, 2-22 subopercular serrations and 0-11 serrations on interopercle; preopercle rarely serrated (Ref. 81650). Body and head of adults dark brown, frequently lighter brown or tan ventrally; flanks sometimes with 8-10 dark bars that do not continue onto the unpaired fins and decrease in clarity with maturity; adult specimens of over 80mm standard length have diffuse black pigment in pelvic fins; the opercular membrane in the opercular notch is black (Ref. 81650). Juveniles with 8-9 dark bars, each a single scale row wide; they also have a slight concentration of pigment near the soft dorsal base, and their pelvic fins are clear (Ref. 81650).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Norris, S.M., 2008. Anabantidae. p. 251-268. In M.L.J. Stiassny, G.G. Teugels and C.D. Hopkins (eds.) The fresh and brackish water fishes of Lower Guinea, West-Central Africa. Volume II. Collection Faune et Flore tropicales 42. Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Paris, France, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France, and Musée Royal de l’Afrique Centrale, Tervuren, Belgium. 603 pp. (Ref. 81650)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01660 (0.00688 - 0.04001), b=2.97 (2.77 - 3.17), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (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 (36 of 100) .