Robust species of medium size with an exten¬ded central caudal lobe. Colour pattern is variable according to the population. Dorsal fin rays 8–11, anal fin 14–16 rays, D/A=10-12. Scales in longitudinal series 27–31.
Maximum size: male 60 mm TL, female 50 mm TL.
Coloration: males, grey-brown with a light blue to green iridescence, of variable intensity, on the sides. Five longitudinal rows of dark red spots, that may be inter¬rup¬ted in places. Lowermost row usually parallel to lower profile and terminates at caudal fin base. In some populations this lower row may be replaced by a few irregularly distributed spots. Dorsal fin yellow-grey to brown with pale blue sheen and some dark red spots. Anal fin pale grey-brown to yellow-brown and may have a yellow-grey margin and numerous dark red spots. Caudal fin similar to anal fin. Females, dark grey to grey-brown with a pattern of spots on the sides similar to males. Unpaired fins colourless except for some dark grey spots near the base.
(Source: J. R. Van Der Zee, T. Woeltjes, & R. H. Wildekamp 2008 in Stiassny, Teugels & Hopkins 2008.)
Occurs in lower Ogowe River, the Kango, Nyanga and other coastal river systems, of western Gabon, and the lower Kouilou and Loeme River draina¬ges in western Congo and the Chiloango River system, Cabinda. Elsewhere, from lower Congo and Loango River systems in western Congo. Inhabits small rivers, brooks and swamps in the coastal rainforest and forested savannah.