Campylomormyrus tamandua

(Günther, 1864)

Vernacular names
English : Tamandua wormjawed mormyrid
French : Poisson-éléphant tamandua

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

Identification
The species can grow to 43 cm in length for a weight of 500 g. Elongated and downwards pointed snout, looking like a proboscis. Dark brown coloration with bluish tinge on back and belly and faint golden bands on flanks.

Range and habitat
The species occurs in western and central equatorial Africa, in the basins of Volta, Niger, Tchad, Shari and Congo rivers. Lives in slow and fast flowing rivers, even in rapids.

Conservation
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Not Listed
Status : This species has a large range and, despite considerable pressures on habitat locally, seems to remain common or slightly declining.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known

Observation

 

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