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Lacustricola pumilus  (Boulenger, 1906)

Tanganyika lampeye
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cyprinodontiformes (Rivulines, killifishes and live bearers) > Poeciliidae (Poeciliids) > Procatopodinae

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: ? - 7.5; dH range: ? - 12; non-migratory.   Tropical; 24°C - 26°C (Ref. 1672)

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Africa: restricted to Lake Tanganyika and associated drainages in Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zambia (Ref. 47311). Also reported from the Lubalaye River (lower Lukuga tributary)(Ref. 93587), Malagarazi River (Ref. 54847) and Rusizi River (Ref. 47311). Reports from lakes Victoria, Nakavali, Edward, George and Kivu and associated drainages are misidentifications (Ref. 46152, 52331).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 31267); common length : 5.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 27139)

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Dorsal spines (total): 0; Anal spines: 0

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found in rivers and river mouths, coastal swamps, estuaries and other shallow parts of Lake Tanganyika (Ref. 47311). Occurs in small groups near river banks; found in slow flowing and stagnant water of river mouths and deltas near lakes (Ref. 36901). Feeds on algae, fish scales, termites, chironomid larvae, prawns and copepods (Ref. 43507). Not a seasonal killifish; easy to maintain in the aquarium (Ref. 27139). Eggs have development time of 14 days in captivity; sexual maturity reached at age of 5 months (Ref. 47311).

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Huber, J.H., 1999. Updates to the phylogeny and systematics of the African lampeye schooling cyprinodonts (Cyprinodontiformes: Aplocheilichthyinae). Cybium 23(1):53-77. (Ref. 30546)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: ; 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=0.00447 (0.00167 - 0.01195), b=3.13 (2.90 - 3.36), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.0   ±0.3 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 (17 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.