The 57 mm total length Holotype of Lepidiolamprologus hecqui stored in the Royal Museum for Central africa with registration MRAC 337. This specimen was recovered from the mouth of a catfish. Photo by Maarten van Steenberge. (07-Nov-2014). determiner Ad Konings








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Lepidiolamprologus hecqui (Boulenger, 1899)

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Original description as Lamprologus hecqui:


  • Boulenger, George Albert. 1899. "Matériaux pour la faune du Congo. Poissons nouveaux du Congo. Cinquième Partie. Cyprins, Silures, Cyprinodontes, Acanthoptérygiens". Annales du Musée du Congo Belge. Zoologique 1; p 122 (crc00130)

Conservation: Lepidiolamprologus hecqui is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (LC) least concern (2006). Although L. hecqui likely lives on the open sand, it is too small to be targeted by fishermen and it is probably found too deep to be accessible by beach seines. So even though it has a very small area of distribution for a sand-dwelling species, it may not be threatened. On the other hand the qualification of Least Concern stems from the fact that this species has been confused with L. meeli for a long time, and that species is widespread and common near shell habitats over the entire southern half of the lake, I would expect that the classification will become vulnerable or even threatened because of the very small area where L. hecqui is supposed to be restricted to.