Brackish Fish Species in Ébrié Lagoon [West Africa]

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Fish Species in Ébrié Lagoon

Is separated from the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean by the Vridi Plage sandbar. The Vridi Canal opened the lagoon to the sea in 1950.


[No. of Species listed in Fishbase.org=142]
Species Family Habitat Length (cm) Trophic level Status
Acanthurus monroviae Acanthuridae demersal 55 TL 2.5 native
Albula vulpes Albulidae reef-associated 104 TL 3.7 native
Alectis alexandrinus Carangidae pelagic 100 TL 3.6 native
Alectis ciliaris Carangidae pelagic 150 TL 4.2 native
Antennarius pardalis Antennariidae demersal 13 TL 4.0 native
Antennarius striatus Antennariidae reef-associated 22 TL 4.5 native
Aplocheilichthys rancureli Poeciliidae benthopelagic 5 TL 3.2 native
Aplocheilichthys spilauchen Poeciliidae benthopelagic 7 TL 2.9 native
Apogon imberbis Apogonidae reef-associated 19 TL 3.9 native
Arius latiscutatus Ariidae demersal 70 TL 3.3 native
Awaous lateristriga Gobiidae demersal 27 TL 3.1 native
Barbus ablabes Cyprinidae benthopelagic 12 TL 2.5 native
Barbus bynni waldroni Cyprinidae benthopelagic 40 TL 3.2 native
Bathygobius soporator Gobiidae demersal 15 TL 3.0 native
Boops boops Sparidae demersal 36 TL 3.0 native
Bostrychus africanus Eleotridae demersal 21 TL 3.9 native
Brachydeuterus auritus Haemulidae benthopelagic 30 TL 3.0 native
Brycinus imberi Alestiidae demersal 20 TL 3.3 native
Brycinus longipinnis Alestiidae pelagic 13 TL 2.2 native
Brycinus macrolepidotus Alestiidae pelagic 65 TL 2.3 native
Brycinus nurse Alestiidae pelagic 25 TL 2.4 native
Caranx hippos Carangidae pelagic 124 TL 4.0 native
Caranx rhonchus Carangidae benthopelagic 60 TL 3.6 native
Caranx senegallus Carangidae benthopelagic 100 TL 3.9 native
Cephalopholis nigri Serranidae demersal 30 TL 3.4 native
Chloroscombrus chrysurus Carangidae pelagic 65 TL 4.5 native
Chromidotilapia guentheri guentheri Cichlidae benthopelagic 16 TL 2.4 native
Chromis chromis Pomacentridae reef-associated 25 TL 4.1 native
Chrysichthys auratus auratus Bagridae demersal 43 TL 3.7 native
Chrysichthys maurus Bagridae demersal 63 TL 3.4 native
Chrysichthys nigrodigitatus Bagridae demersal 80 TL 2.6 native
Citharichthys stampflii Paralichthyidae demersal 16 TL 3.9 native
Clarias anguillaris Clariidae demersal 100 TL 3.4 native
Clarias ebriensis Clariidae demersal 32 TL 3.3 native
Clarias gariepinus Clariidae benthopelagic 170 TL 4.4 introduced
Ctenopoma kingsleyae Anabantidae demersal 25 TL 3.0 native
Cynoglossus senegalensis Cynoglossidae demersal 66 TL 3.6 native
Cynothrissa ansorgii Clupeidae pelagic 16 TL 3.0 native
Dactylopterus volitans Dactylopteridae reef-associated 90 TL 3.6 native
Dalophis cephalopeltis Ophichthidae benthopelagic 54 TL 3.2 native
Dasyatis margarita Dasyatidae demersal 205 TL 3.4 native
Dentex canariensis Sparidae benthopelagic 122 TL 3.6 native
Distichodus rostratus Citharinidae demersal 76 TL 2.0 native
Dormitator lebretonis Eleotridae demersal 13 TL 3.2 native
Drepane africana Drepaneidae benthopelagic 45 TL 3.1 native
Echeneis naucrates Echeneidae reef-associated 110 TL 3.1 native
Eleotris daganensis Eleotridae demersal 13 TL 3.2 native
Eleotris senegalensis Eleotridae demersal 22 TL 3.1 native
Elops lacerta Elopidae pelagic 100 TL 4.1 native
Engraulis encrasicolus Engraulidae pelagic 25 TL 2.9 native
Enneacampus kaupi Syngnathidae demersal 20 TL 3.0 native
Ephippion guttifer Tetraodontidae demersal 80 TL 3.6 native
Epinephelus aeneus Serranidae demersal 120 TL 4.0 native
Epiplatys chaperi Aplocheilidae benthopelagic 6 TL 3.1 native
Ethmalosa fimbriata Clupeidae pelagic 45 TL 2.5 native
Eucinostomus melanopterus Gerreidae demersal 30 TL 3.4 native
Fistularia petimba Fistulariidae demersal 200 TL 4.5 native
Fodiator acutus Exocoetidae pelagic 19 TL 3.9 native
Galeoides decadactylus Polynemidae demersal 50 TL 3.8 native
Gerres nigri Gerreidae benthopelagic 20 TL 3.2 native
Gobioides sagitta Gobiidae demersal 50 TL 3.0 native
Gymnothorax afer Muraenidae demersal 100 TL 3.1 native
Hemicaranx bicolor Carangidae demersal 70 TL 4.0 native
Hemichromis bimaculatus Cichlidae benthopelagic 17 TL 3.9 native
Hemichromis fasciatus Cichlidae benthopelagic 25 TL 3.5 native
Hemiramphus balao Hemiramphidae reef-associated 40 TL 3.6 native
Hepsetus odoe Hepsetidae demersal 70 TL 4.5 native
Heterobranchus isopterus Clariidae demersal 90 TL 3.2 native
Heterotis niloticus Osteoglossidae demersal 120 TL 3.0 introduced
Hyporhamphus picarti Hemiramphidae benthopelagic 20 TL 2.0 native
Ilisha africana Clupeidae pelagic 37 TL 3.2 native
Labeo coubie Cyprinidae benthopelagic 92 TL 2.0 native
Laeviscutella dekimpei Clupeidae pelagic 5 TL 3.0 native
Lagocephalus laevigatus Tetraodontidae pelagic 100 TL 4.0 native
Lepidotrigla cadmani Triglidae demersal 30 TL 3.3 native
Lethrinus atlanticus Lethrinidae reef-associated 50 TL 3.5 native
Lichia amia Carangidae pelagic 200 TL 4.5 native
Liza dumerili Mugilidae demersal 40 TL 2.4 native
Liza falcipinnis Mugilidae demersal 46 TL 2.3 native
Liza grandisquamis Mugilidae pelagic 40 TL 2.8 native
Lutjanus dentatus Lutjanidae reef-associated 150 TL 4.0 native
Lutjanus goreensis Lutjanidae reef-associated 80 TL 4.0 native
Malapterurus electricus Malapteruridae benthopelagic 149 TL 4.5 native
Marcusenius furcidens Mormyridae demersal 35 TL 3.1 native
Marcusenius ussheri Mormyridae demersal 38 TL 3.1 native
Megalops atlanticus Megalopidae pelagic 250 TL 4.5 native
Microphis brachyurus aculeatus Syngnathidae demersal 25 TL 3.4 native
Monodactylus sebae Monodactylidae pelagic 25 TL 3.9 native
Mormyrus hasselquistii Mormyridae demersal 59 TL 3.6 native
Mormyrus rume rume Mormyridae demersal 107 TL 2.5 native
Mugil cephalus Mugilidae benthopelagic 147 TL 2.1 native
Mugil curema Mugilidae benthopelagic 90 TL 2.0 native
Myrophis plumbeus Ophichthidae demersal 47 TL 4.0 native
Nematogobius maindroni Gobiidae demersal 8 TL 3.2 native
Oreochromis niloticus niloticus Cichlidae benthopelagic 74 TL 2.0 native
Pagrus caeruleostictus Sparidae benthopelagic 110 TL 3.6 native
Papyrocranus afer Notopteridae demersal 80 TL 3.3 native
Parablennius goreensis Blenniidae demersal 9 TL 2.8 native
Parailia pellucida Schilbeidae demersal 15 TL 3.5 native
Pegusa triophthalma Soleidae demersal 37 TL 3.6 native
Pellonula leonensis Clupeidae pelagic 10 TL 3.5 native
Pentanemus quinquarius Polynemidae demersal 35 TL 4.1 native
Periophthalmus barbarus Gobiidae demersal 25 TL 3.0 native
Plectorhinchus macrolepis Haemulidae benthopelagic 45 TL 4.0 native
Polydactylus quadrifilis Polynemidae demersal 200 TL 4.0 native
Polypterus endlicheri endlicheri Polypteridae demersal 92 TL 3.8 native
Pomadasys incisus Haemulidae demersal 50 TL 3.8 native
Pomadasys jubelini Haemulidae demersal 60 TL 3.3 native
Porogobius schlegelii Gobiidae demersal 15 TL 2.9 native
Pseudotolithus elongatus Sciaenidae demersal 47 TL 4.1 native
Pseudotolithus senegalensis Sciaenidae demersal 114 TL 3.8 native
Pseudupeneus prayensis Mullidae demersal 68 TL 3.5 native
Pteroscion peli Sciaenidae benthopelagic 32 TL 4.0 native
Pythonichthys macrurus Heterenchelyidae demersal 80 TL 3.7 native
Rhabdalestes septentrionalis Alestiidae pelagic 7 TL 3.3 native
Sardinella aurita Clupeidae pelagic 31 TL 3.0 native
Sardinella maderensis Clupeidae pelagic 42 TL 3.2 native
Sarotherodon melanotheron melanotheron Cichlidae demersal 31 TL 2.5 native
Saurida brasiliensis Synodontidae demersal 25 TL 4.5 native
Scarus hoefleri Scaridae demersal 60 TL 2.9 native
Schilbe mandibularis Schilbeidae demersal 50 TL 3.4 native
Schilbe mystus Schilbeidae demersal 40 TL 3.3 native
Scomberomorus tritor Scombridae pelagic 100 TL 4.5 native
Scorpaena angolensis Scorpaenidae demersal 25 TL 3.4 native
Selene dorsalis Carangidae demersal 38 TL 4.1 native
Solitas gruveli Platycephalidae demersal 20 TL 4.0 native
Sphoeroides spengleri Tetraodontidae demersal 30 TL 3.2 native
Sphyraena afra Sphyraenidae pelagic 205 TL 4.1 native
Stromateus fiatola Stromateidae benthopelagic 61 TL 3.9 native
Strongylura senegalensis Belonidae pelagic 183 TL 4.5 native
Synaptura lusitanica Soleidae demersal 40 TL 3.5 native
Synodontis bastiani Mochokidae benthopelagic 25 TL 3.1 native
Synodontis schall Mochokidae benthopelagic 49 TL 2.9 native
Thysochromis ansorgii Cichlidae demersal 11 TL 3.0 native
Tilapia guineensis Cichlidae benthopelagic 35 TL 2.8 native
Tilapia mariae Cichlidae demersal 40 TL 2.3 native
Trachinotus ovatus Carangidae pelagic 70 TL 3.7 native
Trachinotus teraia Carangidae pelagic 68 TL 3.7 native
Trichiurus lepturus Trichiuridae benthopelagic 234 TL 4.1 native
Tylochromis jentinki Cichlidae benthopelagic 33 TL 3.0 native
Urogymnus asperrimus Dasyatidae reef-associated 65 TL 3.5 native
Yongeichthys thomasi Gobiidae demersal 6 TL 3.3 native
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