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EPIPLATYS

 

EPIPLATYS LONGIVENTRALIS BOULENGER 1911

 

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

 

 

AQUARIST INFORMATION

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Epiplatys longiventralis – Found on Pininterest.  No photographic attribution was given beyond img.kil.fish (which does not exist?).

 

Type Locality:    Swamps between Agwarba and Akwa, southern Nigeria

The habitat is swampy areas of small streams and rivers primarily around the Niger River delta.

While sympatric with E. fasciatus togolensis, the two species accupy different biotopes.  E. longiventralis prefers the edges with vegetation while E. fasciatus togolensis is found in open water.

Breeding of this species is not difficult.  Floating mops work fine and most eggs are found near the top.  Eggs do well in separate small containers and usually take 10-14 days to hatch.  Fry will take newly hatched brine shrimp immediately.

 

KNOWN LOCATIONS:

Awka     Ogun     Ologbo (Olosbo ?) River (southeastern Nigeria)     Orashi River     Ughelli – CI 2002     TAAG 2003 / 8

 

TAXONOMIC DATA

 

LITERATURE:

ORIGINAL DESCRIPTION:     Boulenger G.A. 1911.   Descriptions of new African Cyprinodont fishes.    Annals & Magazine of Natural History (8) 8 (44): p 266.

 

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