|Scientific Name:||Xenomystus nigri|
|Species Authority:||(Günther, 1868)|
Notopterus nigri Günther, 1868
Notopterus nili Steindachner, 1881
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Assessor/s:||Getahun, A., Lalèyè, P., Moelants, T. & Olaosebikan, B.D.|
|Reviewer/s:||Snoeks, J., Tweddle, D., Getahun, A., Lalèyè, P., Paugy, D., Zaiss, R., Fishar, M.R.A & Brooks, E.|
This species has a wide distribution, with no known major widespread threats. It is therefore listed as Least Concern. It has also been assessed regionally as Least Concern for central and western Africa. More information is needed on the distribution and status of this species within north eastern Africa before an assessment can be made, and it is therefore listed as Data Deficient.
|Range Description:||This species has a scattered distribution from Sierra Leone to Angola and Sudan.
Central Africa: Xenomystus nigrii is known from Pool Malebo (Stanley Pool) and from the Lower and Central Congo River basin. It has also been recorded from just upstream Kisangani. It is known from the Lower Guinea region where it occurs in the Wouri River, Cameroon and in the Ogowe River and coastal drainages in Gabon.
Northeast Africa: It is present in the Bahr el Jebel system, Sudan.
Western Africa:Within Western Africa, Xenomystus nigri has been reported from Sierra Leone (Lake Kwarko Krim and River Gbap), Liberia (Farmington Lake), Togo (Togble-Kope River, Kelegougan flood plain), and from Benin to Nigeria and the Chad basin.
Native:Angola (Angola, Angola, Cabinda); Benin; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Chad; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon; Liberia; Nigeria; Sierra Leone; Sudan; Togo
|FAO Marine Fishing Areas:||
Atlantic – eastern central
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|Population:||No information available.|
|Habitat and Ecology:||A demersal species, it prefers quiet waters rich in vegetation in streams and lakes. It is a predator feeding on invertebrates. Has a modified airbreathing organ so can survive in polluted or deoxygenated conditions. Can produce barking sounds. Comes to the surface from time to time to swallow air. Feeds at dusk and during the night on worms, crustaceans, insects and snails (Mills and Vevers 1989). Although this fish, with its reduced pelvic fins, long anal fin and loss of dorsal fin superficially resembles gymnotiform electric fishes of South America, it does not have any specializations for generation of electric currents in water. Nevertheless, Xenomystus does possess electroreceptors of the ampullary type which it apparently uses for sensing prey (Braford 1982).|
|Major Threat(s):||This is a hardy species, but it does have commercial importance as an aquarium fish.|
|Conservation Actions:||None known.|
|Citation:||Getahun, A., Lalèyè, P., Moelants, T. & Olaosebikan, B.D. 2010. Xenomystus nigri. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 23 April 2014.|
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