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EPIPLATYS
Epiplatys biafranus Radda 1970
Genus: Epiplatys     Family: Nothobranchiidae     Class: Actinopterygii     Phylum: Chordate    Order: Cyprinodontiformes

 

AQUARIST INFORMATION
A species rarely seen in the hobby, Epiplatys biafranus has been available only once or twice.   It is found in nature in the eastern region of the Niger Delta to western lower Cross River and inland.  It lives in bordering vegetation of small rivers and swamps.

It is considered sensitive to pollution.

From available information, the eggs are not sticky and will fall to the bottom of the tank.  Parents tend to swim near the bottom and it is possible they lay the eggs in whatever substrate is available. 

Water incubation is from 12-14 days.

Fry are very tiny and require infusoria the first few days. 

KNOWN POPULATIONS
– Aba     – Enugu    – Isiokpo    – Owerri    

TAXONOMIC DATA
LITERATURE
DiEpiplatys-Arten der “senegalensis-bifasciatus-Gruppe”, mit der vorläufigen Beschreibung von Epiplatzs biafranus nov.spec.     Aquaria 17: 6-9, figures. 

 

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