Mastacembelus kakrimensis Vreven & Teugels, 2005

Family:  Mastacembelidae (Spiny eels)
Max. size:  23.9 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Africa: Upper Konkoure River basin in Guinea (Ref. 55095).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 29-30; Dorsal soft rays (total): 75-85; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 76-86; Vertebrae: 90-93. Mastacembelus kakrimensis has a blunted snout (Ref. 55095). Posterior angle of lips situated from about below the horizontal middle of the posterior nare up to its posterior edge (Ref. 55095). Upper corner of gill opening very slightly anterior to dorsal point of pectoral-fin base, both points clearly anterior to ventral point of pectoral-fin base; dorsal point of pectoral-fin base situated largely above upper corner of gill opening; gill opening closed for about half, up to entire vertical distance between the dorsal and ventral edge of the pectoral-fin base (Ref. 55095). Lateral line is yellowish-white; can be continuous in anterior part, from the head up to half the distance between head and anus; the remaining, more porsterior, part of the lateral line is always clearly discontinuous (Ref. 55095). Preopercular spines are present in small-sized specimens, but are absent in medium and large sized specimens (Ref. 55095). Preanal length negatively allometric, postanal length positively allometric, latter always smaller than former (Ref. 55095).
Biology:  Found in riffles of a small river with bottom consisted of rock boulders with aquatic vegetation (Ref. 55095).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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