Aphyosemion seegersi Huber 1980

A.seegersi male. Photo courtesy of Ed Pürzl

A.seegersi Female. Photo courtesy of Ed Pürzl

Meaning of Name

After Lothar Seegers, a German aquarist, biologist & ichthyologist.

First Description

Huber J.H. 1980.

Die Aphyosemion-Arten des Ivindo-Beckens im Kongo, mit der Beschreibung von Aphyosemion (Diapteron) seegersi nov. spec.

DKG Journal 12 (1): p 3-6, 3 figures, map.


23.6 mm (Huber 1980)


D = 10-12, A = 10-12, ll = 30-34 (Huber 1980)







  • Aphyosemion seegersi Huber 1977 (nomen nudum)
  • Aphyosemion (Diapteron) seegersi Huber 1980
  • Aphyosemion seegersi Radda 1980
  • Diapteron seegersi Seegers 1980
  • Aphyosemion abacinum seegersi Radda & Pürzl 1987
  • Baya Mbéla
  • Gouanéboum (northern Congo)
  • JH 149 (RPC 149) Type locality
  • PEG 95/9

PEG 95/9 - Forest stream 6 kms west of Mékambo. The collectors were shown the stream by an elderly man on the 29th December at 10.30 am. This stream was called the Mékéndé & was situated at the village of Baya Mbéla. E.neumanni, A.punctatum, Diapteron seegersi, Hylopanchax sp. Sketch maps appear in BKA newsletter No.370, July 1996.
This collection was returned to Germany & bred.

Type Locality

Given as '35 km south of Sembe before the village Gouanéboum in the direction of Mékambo, at a track to Gabon passable only by bicycle'. This was location RPC 149 (sometimes seen as JH 149).


Limited to the type locality, a small brook in the upper Ivindo River drainage, northern Congo.


A small brook under forest cover.

Distinguishing Characteristics  
Colour/Pattern Variability Low

Discovered by Huber in 1978 in Congo-Brazzaville at collecting location 149, 35 km south of Sembe near the village of Gouaneboum. This area was accessed by bicycle down a track towards Mekambo, Gabon. The return journey was made by car & moped & was made through primeval forest paths.
I understand that no live fish survived more than a few days of captivity on there return to Europe.
H.Heinemann & R.Lenz collected in Gabon at the end of 1979 & beginning of 1980. This was at the time of the rainy season. They were extremely fortunate to find fish which were brought back alive to Germany. At first these were thought to be A.seegersi but Huber confirmed them to be A.abacinum.

Breeding Notes


Diameter of Egg