|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Parauchenoglanis punctatus (Boulenger, 1902)|
|Common Name(s)||Spotted Giraffe Catfish|
|Type Locality||Lindi R., Zaire.|
|Etymology||Parauchenoglanis: The Greek prefix para means near; in reference to the resemblance to Auchenoglanis.|
|Size||410mm (16.1") SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||In all Parauchenoglanis the small eyes are not covered by a transparent skin (having a free border). The first dorsal spine is small, the second large and strong followed by seven branched fin rays (rarely eight). Pectoral fin with one spine and 7-8 branched rays, pelvic fin with six rays (of which five are branched), anal fin with 6-10 branched rays. Edge of caudal is straight or rounded.
This species' barbels are extremely long, maxillary barbel reaching at least to pectoral spine base, external mandibular barbel always reaching beyond spine tip. Adipose fin solid and higher than in other species (except for some adults of P. altipinnis). Head dark brown, typically darker than flanks, sometimes with indistinct, large, dark marks. Flanks brown, occasionally with a purple hue, and 6-10 (rarely 11) vertical rows of very dark to black separate dots, each smaller than the eye. In younger specimens dark vertical bands may be barely apparent. Belly pale brown to whitish.
|Distribution||Africa: Congo River system.
African Waters, Congo (click on these areas to find other species found there) (Click the map-icon to show/hide map of species distribution)
|Temperature||24.0-28.0°C or 75.2-82.4°F (Show others within this range)|
|References||Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. v. 1 (pt 2) 267 Pl. 29 (figs. 1-1a)
Fresh and Brackish Water Fishes of Lower Guinea, West Central Africa, Stiassny, Teugels, Hopkins, pg.603
Geerinckx T., Adriaens D., Teugels G.G. & Verraes W., 2004. A systematic revision of the African catfish genus Parauchenoglanis Boulenger, 1911 (Siluriformes: Claroteidae). Journal of Natural History, 38 (6): 775-803.
Geerinckx T., Risch L., Vreven E., Adriaens D. & Teugels G.G., 2007. Claroteidae. In Poissons d’eaux douces et saumâtres de Basse Guinée, ouest de l’Afrique Centrale – The fresh and brackish water fishes of Lower Guinea, West Central Africa (Stiassny M.L.J., Teugels G.G. & Hopkins C.D., eds). RMCA (Tervuren) & IRD (Paris), p. 586-629.
|Registered Keepers||(1) yellowcat (k: 2), who also notes: "Acquired @ 2.5", 14 months later they are 13" TL and possibly still growing.. 2 years later, the male is 13"TL and the female is at almost 15"TL. The male is very shy and skittish, the female very outgoing and friendly, likes to be hand fed. So shy as juveniles, didn't even see 'em for the first 6 months...", (2) sidguppy.
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|Last Update||2009 Sep 26 12:07 (species record created: 2004 Nov 13 00:00)|