Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total):
0; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 8 - 10; Vertebrae:
38 - 39. Diagnosis: tooth patches broad; 8-10 anal-fin
rays; 20 caudal-fin rays (nearly always ii-7-8-iii);
38-39 vertebrae; body and head only slightly depressed;
snout and head relatively blunt (in dorsal and lateral
profile); eyes more or less lateral; body coloured
in shades of grey; lower lip and underside of head
not especially darkened or stippled; dorsum and flank
finely spotted; paired fins frequently spotted in
adults; caudal fin darkly pigmented with a pale distal
margin, but no pale basal crescent (young up to 70mm
SL have a pale spot at the base of the caudal fin
but no well-developed crescent or bar). Etymology:
The specific name is from the Latin "punctum"
= little spot, in reference to the finely spotted
dorsum and flank typical of this species.
Paul (or Diani) River system (Sierra Leone) to the
Cavally River system (Liberia/Ivory Coast). Also reported
from the Waanje River (Sierra Leone).
23-30°C (73 -87°F)
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