Pronothobranchius gambiensis (Svensson 1933)
BKA representation of
N.gambiensis. Male, from Johnels illustration
Female from Svensson's illustration & description of 1933. Drawings by Bob Heap.
|Meaning of Name||
Pro refers to the latin before. Nothobranchius is an east African genera. When an 'ensis' is placed on a sp. naming it generally refers to a point of origin. In this case the Kiyawe River in northern Nigeria.
Svensson G. S. O. 1933
Males 41·3mm SL, Females 36mm SL.
D = 15-17, A = 15-17, ll = 26-31
Males n=7, females n=4.
Swamp on MacCarthy Island (now known as Janjanburreh) in the Gambia River drainage, Gambia.
Also - Swamp near Sukur Belong, Dobo. Along the Gambia River into Senegal.
|Distinguishing Characteristics||Has larger spots on body & fewer in number than Pro.seymouri. Caudal fin has an outer marginal band around the total margins.|
|olour/Pattern Variability||Unknown due to insufficient material from which to study.|
Described by Svensson in 1933 who had a single
female collected from a rain water swamp on MacCarthy Island in the
In 1969 Radda made a very vague description proposing a sub-genus of Pronothobranchius of the genus Nothobranchius & placed within it Pro.kiyawensis & the later synonymised N.gambiensis.
collection trip by Dr.Fritz Fröhlich was made in October? 1977
(some reports also give 1978). Photographs showed an area which had
dried out. Also in September 1979 by Dr.Fritz Fröhlich in the Dobo
swamp. The 1979 collection yielded a pair 30 mm and numerous individuals
15-20 mm long. In all 44 individuals were caught. Symptric species included
Hyperolius spatzi & Rana
occipitalis. The biotope in this area was in long grasses.
Reichard collected on the 8th November 2005 at Niokolo - Koba National
Park in pools along the Simenti - Camp d Lion road approx. 1-3 km before
|Diameter of Egg||2 mm. Eggs from the original
1968 import to the BKA were reported as being 'clear, pale yellow'.
Eggs I bred from the 2001 German import were red. These being laid in sand with no peat present.
1· 2mm (Hans van Es - BKA No.330). Egg colour reported as 'yellowish'. 'Once developed they turn very light'.