Neobola fluviatilis (Whitehead, 1962)
Athi sardine
Neobola fluviatilis
photo by NMK

Family:  Danionidae (Danios), subfamily: Chedrinae
Max. size:  7.5 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater,
Distribution:  Africa: Athi River, part of Galana-Sabaki river system in Kenya (Ref. 52331, 121710). Reports from Tana River (Ref. 2801, 4967, 52331) are misidentifications for Neobola kinondo (Ref. 121710).
Biology:  It is found mainly over sandy beaches (Ref. 30558). It might become important in dams (Ref. 4967). It is a shoaling fish (Ref. 30558). Little is known about its ecology, except that it is an insectivore (Ref. 30558). The juvenile distribution suggests that breeding perhaps occurs in shallow areas, especially flooded pools at river edges, some of which are seasonal (Ref. 30558).
IUCN Red List Status: Critically Endangered (CR); Date assessed: 21 July 2020 (B2ab(iii)) Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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