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Scientific Name Notoglanidium macrostoma  (Pellegrin, 1909)
Common Names Dwarf Giraffe Catfish
Afrikanischer Tigerwels (Germany)
Type Locality Ogowe River at Ngomo, Gabon, 0°49'S, 9°58'E.
Synonym(s) Anaspidoglanis macrostoma, Auchenoglanis macrostoma, Parauchenoglanis ansorgei, Parauchenoglanis ansorgii, Parauchenoglanis macrostoma
Pronunciation mak row stow mah
Etymology From 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 240mm or 9.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification An uncommon import but the most commonly imported member of the genus.
Sexing Males are smaller than females and may be darker.
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Distribution 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 Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2009.
pH 6.4 - 8.0
Temperature 22.0-27.0°C or 71.6-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Prefers 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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Feeding Their diet includes catfish pellets, prawns, earthworms, catfish tablets and frozen bloodworm, as well as smaller fishes.
Furniture Medium 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.
Compatibility Tends 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 Tankmates Provide 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.
Breeding This 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.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Bulletin du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (Série 1) v. 15 (no. 2), pp 67
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Last Update 2020 Oct 24 02:22 (species record created: 2001 May 04 00:00)