Campylomormyrus cassaicus

(Poll, 1967)

Vernacular names
English : Kasai elephant-nosed fish
French : Poisson-éléphant de Kasai

Classification
Class : Teleostei
Order : Osteoglossiformes
Family : Mormyridae
Notes : No subspecies known.

Identification
Adults can reach a maximum length of 20 cm. Elongated and downwards pointed snout, looking like a proboscis. Coloration dark brown to black with three chevron-chaped white lines on flanks. Fins small and pointed.

Range and habitat
Only found in the Kasai river drainage, more precisely in Luachimo river (Angola) and Sankuru river (DR Congo). Lives in slow and fast flowing rivers, even in rapids.

Conservation
IUCN RED LIST : DATA DEFICIENT
CITES : Not Listed
Status : This species is known from only two localities but may occur somewhere else too. It seems locally common in its so-far very small range.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known

Observation

 

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