Awaous cf. lateristriga

6. July 2007

From the coastal ranges of the western Africa between Senegal and Angola originates the freshwater goby Awaous lateristriga. The animal introduced here reminds strongly of this species, whether it is identical to it could yet not be determined. With an overall length of approx. 30 cm Awaous lateristriga belongs to the larger gobys. In their habitat they inhabit fresh water biotopes such as swamps, flooded fields and periodically draining rivers and also brackish water biotopes. Since they are imported only very rarely, nearly nothing is known about their maintenance in aquaria. Related species such as Awaous flavus are maintained occasionally in aquariums and also bred in some rare cases. With their maintenance and breeding a changing salinity of the water plays a crucial role. This corresponds to their life cycle, since the larvae are born in the fresh water, then drift passively in the sea or in estuaries, in order to ascend after some months again in the fresh water. There then the adults live and the reproduction cycle starts again.(Photo F. Schäfer, Text K. Diehl)

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft Westafrika vom Senegal bis Angola