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Jump to next section Summary of Amblyceps
Pronounced AHM bli seps
Etymology From the Greek amblys, meaning blunt and kephale, meaning head; in reference to the blunt snout.
Identification The catfish genus Amblyceps is characteristic in having the epiphyseal commissure of the supraorbital sensory canals immediately anterior to, and not passing through the epiphyseal bar; the anterior cranial fontanelle narrowing abruptly along its posterior end offering epiphyseal commisure bony support from frontal; the fifth ceratobranchial expanding medially at its posterior tip; pinnatelike rays along anterior margin of the procurrent and medial caudal-fin rays; a transverse crest along entire posterior margin of roof of supraoccipital and pterotic; the lateroposterior process of horizontal lamina of urohyal short or vestigial,shorter than the horizontal lamina; the upper hypurals fused with compound centrum; the anterior nostril situated immediately anterior to the base of the nasal barbel; and both lips with double folds. It is also characteristic in having a prominent cup-like skin flap above the base of the pectoral spine.
Feeding Readily eats all manner of live and prepared foods.
Breeding Unreported.
Size Smallest 42mm, largest 128mm, average 77mm, most commonly 90mm. All SL.
Species There are 16 "species" in the database
Keepers 5 species (31%) are being kept by registered keepers
New spp. / time
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Jump to next section Most Kept Species
1. Amblyceps mangois (57.14%)
2. Amblyceps foratum (14.29%)
3. Amblyceps laticeps (14.29%)
4. Amblyceps cerinum (7.14%)
5. Amblyceps apangi (7.14%)

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