Zaireichthys conspicuus Eccles, Tweddle & Skelton, 2011
Blotched sand catlet
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 Family:  Amphiliidae (Loach catfishes), subfamily: Leptoglanidinae
 Max. size:  3.47 cm SL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  benthopelagic,
 Distribution:  Africa: Upper Zambezi River from the rapid sections at Katima Mulilo down to just above the Victoria Falls (Ref. 86935).
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 2-2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 6-6; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 9-11; Vertebrae: 34-35. This species differs from Z. kafuensis, Z. kavangoensis, Z. monomotapa and Z. pallidus in having a premaxillary tooth patch with the buccal margin expanded laterally and from all other species in its more robust form and bold markings (Ref. 86935). Premaxillary teeth in 5-6 rows, the outer row with 6-7 and inner row with about 16 teeth on each side (Ref. 86935).
 Biology:  Known from the edge of rapids and feeds on insect larvae (Ref. 86935). Seems to inhabit rocky rapids rather than sandy bottoms (Ref. 94654).
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 26.05.11
 Modified by: Geelhand, Dimitri - 03.06.14

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