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Jump to next section Summary of Amphilius
Pronouncedahm FILL ee us
EtymologyAmphilius: Not clear; probably from the Greek amphi, meaning both sides and leios, meaning smooth.
IdentificationMost amphiliid species are found in fast-flowing water of clear, rocky streams at high elevations or rapids of large lowland rivers (Berra 2001; Roberts 2003).basins (Seegers et al. 2003). Species of Amphilius are adapted for fast flow and rocky habitats (Skelton 1986). Morphological adaptations for these habitats include expanded pectoral and pelvic fins with a thickened first ray, depressed body, dorsally directed eyes and reduced swim bladder (Skelton 1986; Walsh et al. 2000). The large pelvic fins form, in conjunction with the body, a feeble sucking disc that enables the fish to cling to rocks (Jackson 1961b).
FeedingThe diet of Amphilius species has been reported to consist predominantly of benthic aquatic insects (Marriott et al. 1997; Skelton 2001; Walsh et al. 2000).
SizeSmallest 52mm, largest 195mm, average 108mm, most commonly 70mm. All SL.
SpeciesThere are 26 "species" in the database
Keepers3 species (11%) are being kept by registered keepers
New spp. / time
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Jump to next section Most Kept Species
1. Amphilius platychir (50%)
2. Amphilius atesuensis (40%)
3. Amphilius athiensis (10%)

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