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Scientific NameNotoglanidium macrostoma  (Pellegrin, 1909)
Common NamesDwarf Giraffe Catfish
Afrikanischer Tigerwels (Germany)
Type LocalityOgooue River
Synonym(s)Anaspidoglanis macrostoma, Auchenoglanis macrostoma, Parauchenoglanis ansorgei, Parauchenoglanis ansorgii, Parauchenoglanis macrostoma
Pronunciationmak row stow mah
EtymologyFrom the Greek makros, meaning long (often mistakenly used to mean big) and stoma, meaning mouth; in reference to the size of the mouth.
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Size 200mm or 7.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationAn uncommon import but the most commonly imported member of the genus.
SexingMales are smaller than females and may be darker.
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DistributionWest Central Africa: Chiloango basin in Angola, central basin of the Congo Loémé basin in Congo, Ogooué basin in Gabon and the basins of the Nyong, Sanaga and Dja in Cameroon.
African Waters, Chiloango (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Congo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Loémé (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Gabon Waters, Ogowe (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Cameroon waters, Sanaga (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Cameroon waters, Nyong (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Congo, Dja (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List StatusLeast Concern
pH6.4 - 8.0
Temperature22.0-27.0°C or 71.6-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersPrefers soft, mildly acid to neutral (pH 6.5-7.2) water, but can usually be maintained in mildly alkaline systems up to pH 8.0.
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FeedingTheir diet includes catfish pellets, prawns, earthworms, catfish tablets and frozen bloodworm, as well as smaller fishes.
FurnitureMedium sized rock work and bogwood. This species likes to root around in the substrate so make sure rocks and stones are well placed and plants will require to be potted.
CompatibilityTends to be territorial and with it's predatory nature, not suited for the general community tank. Fares much better in an African concept tank with other robust fish. Not suitable with small fish.
Suggested TankmatesProvide enough tank and hiding spaces if more than one individual is to be kept in the same tank. Ideal tankmates include riverine Synodontis, large African tetras (such as Brycinus or Alestes spp.), African barbs such as Barbus camptacanthus, riverine African cichlids such as Pelvicachromis, and African labyrinth fishes (Ctenopoma). Its territorial nature means that it is should not be kept with too many bottom-dwelling fish.
BreedingThis species has been accidentally spawned in the aquarium, and as such, the spawning trigger is unknown. The fish nests in shelter (e.g. under rocks), and the parents (especially the male) exhibit brood care. The fry are free-swimming in approximately two weeks.
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ReferencesBulletin du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (Série 1) v. 15 (no. 2), pp 67
Registered Keepers(1) TP, (2) CFC (k: 2), (3) Silurus, (4) Dave Rinaldo, (5) amiidae, (6) Junttis (k: 2), (7) RickieH, (8) jippo, (9) MatsP (p: 2, k: 2), who also notes: "Impulse buy, based on LFS mentioning that 'Did you see the Dwarf Giraffe Cats?'", (10) malawiman1, (11) jscoggs27, (12) maynard1982, (13) Pcpolo111, (14) ScottishFish, who also notes: "A mostly nocturnal catfish. Best viewed in the aquarium with the use of a moonlight. This catfish appreciates sand in the aquaria as it can have a tendency to bury itself. Lots of retreats should be available preferably ones where the fish can just squeeze into. This fish can be housed with other fish as long as it is kept well fed. I have successfully kept it with larger schooling fish with no issues.", (15) dmcat (k: 3), (16) CatfishPownage63, (17) DavidNMaddieHaveCats, (18) Sabaji, (19) WadeNCreeks (p: 2, k: 2), (20) yellowcat (k: 2), who also notes: "Slightly less shy than similar parauchenoglanis species...".

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Breeding ReportsNone.
Article - CotM 2003 August
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Last Update2014 Mar 16 15:56 (species record created: 2001 May 04 00:00)