Aplocheilichthys spilauchen 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae

Scientific Name: Aplocheilichthys spilauchen (Duméril, 1861)
Regional Assessments:
Common Name(s):
English Banded Lampeye
Aplocheilichthys bensonii (Peters, 1864)
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 spilauchen (Duméril, 1861)
Haplochilus spilauchena (Duméril, 1861)
Haplochilus spilauchenus (Duméril, 1861)
Panchax spilauchen (Duméril, 1861)
Poecilia bensonii Peters, 1864
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; 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
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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).

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.

Citation: da Costa, L., Moelants, T. & Olaosebikan, B.D. 2010. Aplocheilichthys spilauchen. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T181567A7680426. . Downloaded on 24 June 2018.
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