There was a request that I reveal the fish species that I collected in Tanzania in the year 2011. Here is a list of photographs and the species names (some are still unidentified or a closely related fish species is suggested until further tests prove it otherwise) of the sampled fish. As always, feedback would be greatly appreciated:) Please take note that not all the fish were caught on fly; some of the small species were caught with a net and some of the bigger species that could not be fooled with a fly were caught using baited hooks.

 

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Brycinus affinis – mature specimen

 

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Barbus kerstenii – serrated dorsal fin spine and red spot on operculum are key characters

 

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Similar to Barbus barotseensis (Three spots on lateral line)

 

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Distichodus sp. (likely D. petersii) – this fish was caught by a fish eagle; it was sampled before we figured out how to catch them on flowers.

 

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Heterobranchus – only H. longifilis known from the region but never recorded from east coast rivers; this could be a new species.

 

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Aplocheilichthys sp.

 

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Possible Parakneria sp.

 

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Barbus cf. innocens

 

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Clarias sp.

 

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Astatotilapia bloyeti – beautiful male specimen.

 

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Oreochromis sp. – shared features with O. niloticus.

 

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Hydrocynus tanzaniae

 

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Synodontis sp. – squeaker barble

 

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Opsaridium sp. – possible new species

 

To be continued…

 

Leonard Flemming

Leonard Flemming

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  1. The ‘Brycinus affinis’ is probably one of the most aggressive little fish I have ever come across! Ive seen ones try and eat a 6/0 Olive brush fly in TZ.

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