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EPIPLATYS

 

EPIPLATYS CHAVALIERI CHEVALIERI  Pellegrin, 1904

Genus: Epiplatys     Family: Nothobranchiidae     Class: Actinopterygii     Phylum: Chordate    Order: Cyprinodontiformes

 

 

AQUARIST INFORMATION


Photograph credit: Epiplatys chevalieri chevalieri found on akvva.webgarden.cz.  It may have been taken by a photographer named Halacici
   The type locality is listed as ‘Congo Stanley Pool’ which is near Brazzaville, Congo, Epiplatys chevalieri chevalieri is found primarily on the west bank of the Zaire River and in southwestern Central African Republic and south into eastern Congo.

   Epiplatys chevalieri chevalieri is distinguihed from its close relative Epiplatys chevalieri nigricans by having a greater body depth.

   Information indicates the species is sensitive to nitrate poisoning. Frequent water changes should eliminate this issue.

   There are a few reports which seem to indicate certain conditions are neccessary to breed Epiplatys chevalieri chevalieri which include a darkened tank (cover the sides) and peat fiber, both floating and sunken.  Other reports indicate the species will breed in top-to-bottom mobs.  Eggs generally take 14-21 days to hatch in water.

 

 

KNOWN LOCATIONS:

   Bangui     Djoué (west of Brazzaville, southern Congo)     Gilima     Kapou     Kinshasa     Pool Malebo (east of Kinshasa, western Zaire)     N’jili (Z82 / 26)


TAXONOMIC DATA

 


LITERATURE:

ORIGINAL DESCRIPTiON:    Cyprinodontidés nouveaux du Congo et de l’Oubanghi.  Bulletin du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle 10: p 222.   Pellegrin J. 1904

 

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