|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Parauchenoglanis guttatus (Lönnberg, 1895)|
|Type Locality||Western Cameroon.|
|Synonym(s)||Auchenoglanis guttatus, Pimelodus guttatus|
|Etymology||Parauchenoglanis: The Greek prefix para means near; in reference to the resemblance to Auchenoglanis.|
|Size||200mm (7.9") 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.
For P. guttatus overall coloration light brown to greyish brown with five or six (exceptionally four or seven) dark vertical bands on flanks, that sometimes appear to consist of very large, merging spots. Small spots may be present between these bands, as well as on head and fins. As in most Parauchenoglanis species, the degree of pigmentation may vary between individual specimens.
|Distribution||Africa: Cross and N'Dian (Nigeria-Cameroon). Reported from Democratic Republic of the Congo.
African Waters, Cross (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, N dian (click on these areas to find other species found there) (Click the map-icon to show/hide map of species distribution)
|Feeding||Preys on insect larvae, crustaceans, and small fishes.|
|References||Oefvers. Svensk. Vet. Akad. Förh.1895 (no. 3) - pp184 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) feeshy, who also notes: "Spends most of the day in hiding, tends to 'scavenge' at night. Can be quite aggressive and terratorial, especially with similar species. ", (2) chugger (k: 2), who also notes: "I agree with what is said about them, but you can make them active during the day by holding back food, and then feeding them, i have had these guy once before and really enjoy them, i now have two types of Parauchenoglanis
", (3) malawiman1, (4) jippo (k: 2).
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|Last Update||2009 Sep 28 06:17 (species record created: 2001 May 04 00:00)|
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