The species Barbus degeni Boulenger, 1902 is considered a synonym of Labeobarbus intermedius (Rüppell, 1835) in Eschmeyer (CofF ver. May 2011: Ref. 86870). It is treated here a synonym of Labeobarbus nedgia Rüppell, 1835 according to Nagelkerke & Sibbing (1997: Ref. 35835).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; depth range 1 - 6 m (Ref. 35835). Tropical
Africa: Lake Tana and other sites in Ethiopia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 70.7 cm FL male/unsexed; (Ref. 35835)
soft rays: 8. Lower lip forming a distinct median lobe; upper lip well developed, often with a median fleshy lobe; if lobes are absent, often a fleshy 'nose' is present; operculum depth about as large as ventral cheek length; head length less than 1.2 times in body depth.
Occurs especially over rocky substrates in water of no more than 6 m depth. Is a macro-benthivore: specimens smaller than 15 cm FL mainly eat insect larvae, but switch to a more diverse diet when their size increases: adult insects, mollusks and detritus become more important; large specimens are the only barbs in Lake Tana that eat freshwater crabs of the genus Potamonautes; and also eat some fish (Ref. 35835).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Nagelkerke, L.A.J. and F.A. Sibbing, 1997. A revision of the large barbs (Barbus spp., Cyprinidae, Teleostei) of Lake Tana, Ethiopia, with a description of seven new species. p. 105-170. In L.A.J. Nagelkerke (ed.) The barbs of Lake Tana, Ethiopia: morphological diversity and its implications for taxonomy, trophic resource partititioning and fisheries. Wageningen University, The Netherlands. (Ref. 35835)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01202 (0.00574 - 0.02520), b=2.96 (2.79 - 3.13), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.50 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Very Low, minimum population doubling time more than 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High vulnerability (65 of 100) .