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EPIPLATYS

 

EPIPLATYS ESEKANUS Scheel 1968

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

 

 

AQUARIST INFORMATION

See the source imageEpiplatys esekanus.  Photo from fishtanklab.com.  No photographer attribution available.

   The type locality is a brook 15 miles north of Eseka near the Eseka – Jaunde – Edea roads in eastern Cameroon.  It is the type locality for A. raddai also.  This species is restricted to the surrounding area of the type locality and some brooks of the Kele River drainage north of Eseka.  The area is at the base of hills which separate the coastal lowlands and the inland plateau.

   The anal, pectorals and lower caudal fins displays a black outer margin, a band of yellow and a band of orange inside the yellow.

   Reports indicate this is a difficult species to reproduce.  Top mops are recommended and eggs are laid near the surface.  Eggs should be removed from the op and stored in water.  They may be sensitive to fungus.  Eggs take 14-16 days to hatch. 

KNOWN LOCATIONS:

Boumnyebel     Eséka     Kelle River     M’Banga – CB 99 / 5

TAXONOMIC DATA

 

LITERATURE:

Scheel J.J. 1968. – Rivulins of the Old World. TFH Publications: p 187-187, 454-455, figures.

 

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