Classification / Names
Actinopterygii (Ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes (Carps) > Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps) > Labeoninae
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL
Main reference

Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 58.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2801); max. published weight: 6,800 g (Ref. 2801)

Freshwater; benthopelagic

Climate / Range
Subtropical; 23S - 27S

Africa: the Limpopo, Incomati and Pongolo.
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

A cool water species not found below 600 m altitude. Occurs in deep pools and flowing waters of permanent rivers and in dams. Feeds mainly on algae (winter months), but also takes mussels, snails, crabs and small fish. Breeds during spring and summer, males maturing at a smaller size (17 cm FL) than females (30 cm FL). Females grow larger than males (Ref. 7248). A food fish for humans (Ref. 4537).