Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae

Scientific Name: Aplocheilichthys spilauchen
Species Authority: (Duméril, 1861)
Regional Assessments:
Common Name(s):
English Banded Lampeye
Aplocheilichthys bensonii (Peters, 1864)
Aplocheilichthys schoelleri (non Boulenger, 1904)
Aplocheilichthys spilauchena (Duméril, 1861)
Aplocheilichthys tschiloangensis Ahl, 1928
Aplocheilichthys typus Bleeker, 1863
Aplocheilus spilauchen (Duméril, 1861)
Epiplatys spilauchen (Duméril, 1861)
Haplochilichthys spilauchen (Duméril, 1861)
Haplochilichthys spilauchena (Duméril, 1861)
Haplochilus macrurus (non Boulenger, 1904)
Haplochilus spilauchen (Duméril, 1861)
Haplochilus spilauchena (Duméril, 1861)
Haplochilus spilauchenus (Duméril, 1861)
Panchax spilauchen (Duméril, 1861)
Poecilia bensonii Peters, 1864
Poecilia spilargyreia (non Duméril, 1861)
Poecilia spilauchena Duméril, 1861

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-05-01
Assessor(s): da Costa, L., 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, southern and western Africa.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Aplocheilichthys spilauchen is known from the mouth of the Senegal River to the mouth of the Congo River.

Central Africa: It is found in coastal waters from Cameroon to Angola.

Southern Africa: In Angola, the species occurs in the Chiloango River and Lower Kwanza River - the latter being a new distribution record (Skelton P. and da Costa L., pers. obs.)

Western Africa:This species is found from the mouth of the Senegal River in Senegambia to Nigeria.
Countries occurrence:
Angola (Angola); Benin; Cameroon; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Liberia; Nigeria; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Togo
Range Map: Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population: No information available.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This is a benthopelagic species, non-migratory species. It occurs in brackish coastal swamps, river mouths, lagoons, and mangrove swamps near beaches (Wildekamp et al. 1986), only rarely entering fresh or marine water. It is not a seasonal killifish. It is difficult to maintain in aquarium (Huber 1996).
Systems: Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: It has commercial value as an aquarium fish.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It has commercial value as an aquarium fish.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None known. More research is needed into this species population numbers and range, biology and ecology, and threats, as well as monitoring of population trends.

Classifications [top]

5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.1. Wetlands (inland) - Permanent Rivers/Streams/Creeks (includes waterfalls)
suitability: Suitable  
5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.2. Wetlands (inland) - Seasonal/Intermittent/Irregular Rivers/Streams/Creeks
suitability: Suitable  
5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.4. Wetlands (inland) - Bogs, Marshes, Swamps, Fens, Peatlands
suitability: Suitable  
5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.7. Wetlands (inland) - Permanent Freshwater Marshes/Pools (under 8ha)
suitability: Suitable  
5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.8. Wetlands (inland) - Seasonal/Intermittent Freshwater Marshes/Pools (under 8ha)
suitability: Marginal  
5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.14. Wetlands (inland) - Permanent Saline, Brackish or Alkaline Lakes
suitability: Suitable  
5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.15. Wetlands (inland) - Seasonal/Intermittent Saline, Brackish or Alkaline Lakes and Flats
suitability: Suitable  
5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.16. Wetlands (inland) - Permanent Saline, Brackish or Alkaline Marshes/Pools
suitability: Suitable  
5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.17. Wetlands (inland) - Seasonal/Intermittent Saline, Brackish or Alkaline Marshes/Pools
suitability: Suitable  
9. Marine Neritic -> 9.10. Marine Neritic - Estuaries
suitability: Marginal  
12. Marine Intertidal -> 12.7. Marine Intertidal - Mangrove Submerged Roots
suitability: Suitable  
13. Marine Coastal/Supratidal -> 13.4. Marine Coastal/Supratidal - Coastal Brackish/Saline Lagoons/Marine Lakes
suitability: Suitable  

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
5. Biological resource use -> 5.4. Fishing & harvesting aquatic resources -> 5.4.1. Intentional use: (subsistence/small scale)
♦ timing: Ongoing    
→ Stresses
  • 2. Species Stresses -> 2.1. Species mortality

1. Research -> 1.2. Population size, distribution & trends
1. Research -> 1.3. Life history & ecology
1. Research -> 1.5. Threats
3. Monitoring -> 3.1. Population trends

♦  Pets/display animals, horticulture
 Local : ✓   National : ✓  International : ✓ 

♦  Establishing ex-situ production *

Bibliography [top]

Pan-Africa freshwater assessment references. Currently, full citations for references used in the Pan-Africa biodiversity assessments are unavailable on the Red List web site. These will be added to the site in 2011. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

IUCN. 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2010.3). Available at: (Accessed: 2 September 2010).

Citation: da Costa, L., Moelants, T. & Olaosebikan, B.D. 2010. Aplocheilichthys spilauchen. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T181567A7680426. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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