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Mastacembelus marchei  Sauvage, 1879

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Synbranchiformes (Spiny eels) > Mastacembelidae (Spiny eels)
Etymology: Mastacembelus: Greek, mastax, -agos = bite + Greek, emballo = to throw oneself (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Sauvage.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic.   Tropical

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Africa: Kribi River basin (Cameroon) to the Kouilou-Niari (Republic of Congo); also known from the lower Congo River and Pool Malebo (Democratic Republic of the Congo), forming the south-eastern distribution limit, and from the Dja River (middle Congo River basin), forming its north-eastern distribution border (Ref. 81678).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 32.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 81678)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 23 - 28; Dorsal soft rays (total): 60-75; Anal spines: 2-3; Anal soft rays: 61 - 83; Vertebrae: 71 - 85. Diagnosis: 22+1 - 27+1 (median 24+1) dorsal spines; postorbital length relatively short, 53.3-62.6% HL (mean 58.2%); pectoral fin relatively long, 24.7-38.1% HL (mean 30.5%); distance from anterior border of snout to last externally visible dorsal spine 53.9-62.2% SL (mean 57.1%), decreasing with size; origin of soft dorsal fin at about same level as origin of soft anal fin; lower jaw length relatively short, 14.4-23.1% HL (mean 18.3%), increasing with size; origin of first dorsal spine situated before, below, or just posterior to posterior edge of pectoral fin, (-27.9)-2.0% HL [mean (-12.7%)]; distance from gill opening to dorsal pectoral fin base 4.3-9.6% HL (mean 6.9%) (Ref. 81678).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Maximum reported total length 388 mm (Ref. 81678).

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Vreven, E.J. and G.G. Teugels, 1996. Description of a new mastacembelid species (Synbranchiformes; Mastacembelidae) from the Zaïre River basin in Africa. Copeia 1996(1):130-139. (Ref. 28147)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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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=0.00302 (0.00138 - 0.00659), b=2.91 (2.72 - 3.10), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.3   ±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):  Low to moderate vulnerability (32 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.