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Polycentropsis abbreviata  Boulenger, 1901

African leaffish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Nandidae (Asian leaffishes)
Etymology: Polycentropsis: Greek, poly = a lot of + Greek, kentron = sting + Greek, opsis = appearance (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Boulenger.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: 6.0 - 6.5; dH range: 10 - ?.   Tropical; 26°C - 30°C (Ref. 2059), preferred ?

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Africa: in West Africa from the eastern side of the Ouémé (Benin) to the Cross River (Nigeria), including the lower course and delta of the Niger River (Ref. 57397). Also found in Cameroon (Ref. 6801, 51193) and Gabon (Ogowe)(Ref. 6801). Reported from the Ouémé River, Benin (Ref. 28663).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 57397)

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Dorsal spines (total): 15 - 17; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-11; Anal spines: 9-12; Anal soft rays: 8 - 9. Diagnosis: 6-7 scale rows on cheeks; lateral line incomplete; caudal peduncle very short; caudal fin truncate (Ref. 57397). Coloration: dull brown; head and sides with irregular black spots sometimes forming a marbled pattern; paired fins and caudal entirely transparent, including rays; fins seeming rayless when viewed form certain angles; spinous parts of fins with brown rays (Ref. 57397).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs in rainforest areas (Ref. 6801). Maximum reported TL was 8.0 cm (Ref. 6801).

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Teugels, G.G., 2003. Nandidae. p. 516-519 In C. Lévêque, D. Paugy and G.G. Teugels (eds.) Faune des poissons d'eaux douce et saumâtres de l'Afrique de l'Ouest, Tome 2. Coll. Faune et Flore tropicales 40. Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Tervuren, Belgique, Museum National d'Histoire Naturalle, Paris, France and Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Paris, France. 815 p. (Ref. 57397)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Fisheries: ; aquarium: commercial
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