Episemion callipteron Radda & Pürzl 1987
callipteron. Wild male collected 6 km southeast
on the N2 road to Mitzic (type locality).
Photo courtesy of Ed Pürzl.
|Meaning of Name||
Refers to 'beautiful fins'
Radda A.C. & Pürzl E. 1987.
Episemion callipteron, ein neuer Killifisch aus Nordgabun.
DKG Journal 19 (2): p 17-22, figures.
D = 10-12, A = 15-16, ll = 28-29 (+2)(Radda & Pürzl 1987).
Edoum - Known to have been circulating in mainland Europe in 2002 (AKFB Convention).
The original description states ' A brook 6 km from Bibasse on the national road N2 from Oyem to Mitzic. In the drainage system of the Wolue / Rio Benito River, northern Gabon'.
The Rio Benito & Ogowe River drainage systems of northern Gabon.
Rainforest brooks & small rivers. Wildekamp (in BKA K/N 272) reports them from 'a rainforest brook about 6 km southeast of Bibasse & at 23 km south southwest of Oyem in northern Gabon'.
|Distinguishing Characteristics||Looks like a cross between Aphyosemion & Epiplatys (hence the name Epi - semion). The caudal is noticably flared.|
First collected on the 3rd July 1983 by Hervé Gonin in the stream Ottomitan near Médouneu airport, north Gabon.
Type material collected
by Peter Wagner & Ronald Windel early in on 12th December 1986 in
Northern Gabon. GWW 86 / 12.
Reportedly difficult to breed & not prolific. Peat fibre has been used to good effect as a spawning medium. Parents do not eat eggs or fry so it's safe to let nature take its course & net out young fish as they start to grow on. Fry are sensitive to water pollution & sudden water changes. Soft, slightly acid water is recommended.
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