Pronothobranchius chirioi Valdesalici 2013
collected by Karsten Mody & Minnatallah Boutros from Comoe National Park.
Tentatively considered to be P.chirioi
Photo courtesy of Karsten Mody.
|Meaning of Name||
Pro refers to the latin before. Nothobranchius is an east African genera. chirioi after Laurent Chirio
Pronothobranchius chirioi n.sp. a new annual killifish species from the Niger River drainage, with redescriptions of P.kiyawensis, P.gambiensis & P.seymouri (Cyprinodontiformes: Nothobranciidae).
Males 44 cm, females 34·8 cm.
D = 14-15, A = 15-17, ll = 30-31 + 3-4
Males n=5, females n=1
Small stream on the Mekrou River drainage, Loagnoluo River, extreme north of the Atakora mountains, Burkina Faso.
Not currently widespread. Only a few collecting locations known in Niger & Burkina Faso.
|Distinguishing Characteristics||A line of large spots in the anal fin near the body.|
|Colour/Pattern Variability||Probably low. Few live fish photos currently exist.|
Collected from the type locality on 3rd November
2006 by Laurent Chirio.
Breeding possibly as for Pro.kiyawensis.
|Diameter of Egg|
I presented Karsten's material in BKA Killinews No. 476 (May 2005). These 2 photos & the 1 at the head of this page were presented. I put below a paragraph from the piece..
'Comoe National Park - I found P.kiyawensis (now chirioi) regularly (but not in high densities) in some ephemeral ponds in the savannah as well as in the gallery forest. The majority of ephemeral ponds were, however, not colonised by this species. I have never found it in many ephemeral or any permanent running waters.'
Little is available online from this
area but try....