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The "inconspicuous barb," Barbus innocens, is a small species found at the margins of Lake Malawi as well as in at least the countries of Burundi, Kenya, Mozambique, and Tanzania. Although I don't think I ever encountered this species, Jackson (1961) reports it "... to be one of the more common of the small Barbus adjacent to the lake. In the Nkata Bay stream (Crocodile Creek), estuaries and also along the sandy shore in south bay, Nkata Bay, occasionally. Previously collected from Bar House, S.W. arm, Deep Bay, Vua wooding station, and Karonga." FishBase states that its habitat is "shallow, sandy and vegetated areas" where its diet consists of "insect, weeds and vegetable debris." It attains a total length of about 10 cm (4 inches) according to Jackson.

 


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