IUCN threat status:

Data Deficient (DD)

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A medium-sized Paramormyrops with 5 teeth in the upper jaw, 6 in the lower, 12 circumpeduncular scales, and a U-shaped head when viewed from above. The dorsal profile of head is rounded, not concave. Head short, 19.5–28.7% SL. Caudal peduncle moderately thick, its depth 4.1–7.5% SL. Interorbital distance large,121–212% of snout length. Body depth 14.8–24.9% SL. Head length 19.5–28.7% SL., head depth 13.5–20.2% SL. Eye diameter 7.4–16.3% HL, 27.8–79.7% of snout length. Snout 18–29% HL. Interorbital distance 121–212% of snout length, 40–67% of postorbital length. Postorbital length 54–82% HL; 202–385% of snout length. Mouth width 14.2–22.2 % HL. Inter-narine distance 18–41% of snout length. Dorsal fin 15–21% SL with 15–19 rays including an initial single unbranched, unsegmented ray. Anal fin 18–28% SL with 21–26 rays including a single unbranched, unsegmented initial ray. Pectoral 13–20% SL. Pelvic fin 9–14% SL with 6 rays. Caudal peduncle moderately short and thick, its length 14–22% SL, its depth 4.1–7.5% SL, 21–43% of caudal peduncle length. Predorsal distance 64–74% SL, preanal distance 58–70% SL. Lateral line with 55–62 scales total. 9–10 scales dorsal to lateral line, 9–12 above.

The fish varies from dark chocolate brown to lighter brown with violet spots above, lighter brown to yellow/gold on the beneath.


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Source: Africhthy

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