Labeo worthingtoni was originally called Labeo intermedius by Worthington (1933), but this name was preoccupied and Henry W. Fowler provided it with its current name as a replacement in 1958. It was considered "[a] species of doubtful validity" by Jackson (1961). However, in his revision of Labeo, Reid (1985) recognized L. worthingtoni as a valid species endemic to Lake Malawi.
Worthington (1933: 298) had this to say about differentiating this labeo from the other two species then known in the lake:
The above drawing is reproduced from Text-figure 3 of Worthington (1933).
Visit drawing of Labeo worthingtoni
at FishBase (then hit browser's "Back" button to return)
|Last Update: 29 February 2000
Web Author: M. K. Oliver, Ph.D.
Copyright © 1997-2017 by M. K. Oliver - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED