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Epiplatys mesogramma HUBER, 1980

May 3rd, 2013 — 4:45pm

Endemic to the Ubangi (also spelled Oubangui) River drainage in southwestern Central African Republic with type locality given as ‘Small stream along Mbaiki-Mongoumba road, south of Bangui, 3°55’N, 18°10’E, Central African Republic’.

The Ubangi is is the largest right-ba…

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Alestopetersius sp. 1

March 25th, 2013 — 8:17pm

This fish is normally traded as A. nigropterus or A. cf. ansorgii although neither appears to be its correct name meaning it remains unidentified at present.

A. nigropterus is a valid congener that is not in the aquarium trade with little to no export from Lake Mai-Ndombe, to which it is endemic, while A. ansorgii is a synonym of Nannopetersius ansorgii.

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Alestopetersius brichardi POLL, 1967

March 17th, 2013 — 7:48pm

This species is sometimes traded as ‘cherry red Congo tetra’ or ‘super red Congo tetra’ and has also been referred to using the misapplied names Alestopetersius nigropterus (a valid congener) and A. ansorgii (a synonym of Nannopetersius ansorgii).

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Aphyosemion decorsei (PELLEGRIN, 1904)

March 21st, 2012 — 2:10pm

Type locality is the settlement of Bessou, Lobaye prefecture, Central African Republic, which lies within the Ubangi (also spelled Oubangui) River basin. The Ubangi is a major tributary of the Congo River and this species appears restricted to its middle section and thus probably extends into northern Republic of Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Aphyosemion cognatum MEINKEN, 1951

March 21st, 2012 — 1:00pm

The type material was derived from a commercial shipment of fishes from Leopoldville, now Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, and presumed to have been collected in the vicinity. The precise extent of its distribution unknown but appears extensive in the middle and lower Congo regions, with specimen collected from Lac Fwa (Sankuru River drainage, a Congo River tributary), many hundreds of kilometres west of Kinshasa, identified as belonging to this species.

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'Barbus' candens NICHOLS & GRISCOM, 1917

March 13th, 2012 — 1:24pm

B.candens is not really suitable for most community aquaria as it has something of a shy, retiring nature and may be intimidated or outcompeted for food by larger/more boisterous tankmates. Choose similarly-sized, peaceful African species such as ‘B.jae, Aplocheilichthys spp., Ladigesia roloffi or Lepidarchus adonis. We suspect it will also do ok with many small South American characins, Otocinclus or smaller Corydoras catfish and other cyprinids like Trigonostigma or Boraras species.

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'Barbus' hulstaerti POLL, 1945

African Butterfly Barb

March 13th, 2012 — 1:24pm

Two closely-related species are also found in the Congo basin and infrequently seen in the trade. ‘B.candens has been collected northeast of the range of ‘B.hulstaerti around the city of Kisangani (formerly Stanleyville) and nearby town of Yangambi. It can be distinguished from ‘B.hulstaerti by its paler body colouration, smaller dark markings on the body and red ventral and anal fins in males. ‘B.papillo is known only from its type locality close to the eastern town of Kindu between the Lualaba and Lomami rivers. It has an elongated central body marking and males possess black dorsal, ventral and anal fins.

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'Barbus' holotaenia BOULENGER, 1904

Spotscale Barb

March 13th, 2012 — 1:21pm

This species is native to Central West Africa where it is principally found in the great Ogooué and Congo River systems. It therefore has an extensive range and has been recorded at numerous localities right across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from the Ituri River in the far east of the country to the Luki River basin in the extreme west.

The Congo River appears to represent the southernmost limit of its range as a…

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Congochromis sabinae (LAMBOJ, 2005)

March 13th, 2012 — 1:21pm

This species was present in the hobby for some time prior to being officially described and the spectacular red fish first exported by Pierre Brichard in the 1960s appears to be a regional form of it. It was also known variously as Nanochromis sp. 'Bamanja', N. sp. 'Genema', N. sp. 'Makoua' and N. sp. Bloody Mary' prior to description, and continues to be mislabelled as N. squamiceps on trade lists.

Diagnosis of C. sabinae is possible via a combination of c…

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Clypeobarbus congicus (BOULENGER, 1899)

Congo Barb

March 13th, 2012 — 1:19pm

Clypeobarbus was originally put forward as a subgenus of Barbus by Fowler in 1936 on the basis that member species possessed a midlateral row of enlarged, shield-like scales but he only included the type species ‘Barbuskemoensis (now a junior synonym of Clypeobarbus pleuropholis) in the group. Subsequent work by Poll and Lambert (1961), Jubb (1965) and Skelton (1993) resulted in several additional species being placed into the grouping although it appears that little of this work was widely-recognised until the recent study was published.

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