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Scientific NameChiloglanis polypogon  Roberts, 1989
Common NameAfrican Suckermouth Catfish
Type LocalityHigh gradient stream along road from Mamfe to Bamenda, 88-94 km southwest of Bamenda, Cross basin, Cameroon, w. Africa.
PronunciationKee low glan iss - paw lee poe gone
EtymologyChiloglanis: From the Greek cheilos, meaning lip, and glanis, meaning catfish; in reference to the oral morphology. The name polypogon (noun in apposition, from the Greek "poly," multiple, and "pogon," beard)refers to the numerous mental barbels.
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Size 55mm or 2.2" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationSecond largest catfish genus next to Synodontis in Africa. characterized by jaws and lips modified into a sucker or oral disc used for adhering to and feeding upon objects in fast flowing waters. Generally fairly small at 100 mm SL or less. Often caudal shape can show sexual dimorphism and is usually species specific.

Can be distinguished from South American suckermouth catfishes by lack of body armour plates. Can be distinguised from other African suckermouth catfish (of the genera Euchilichthys and Atopochilus) by its circular suckermouth disc. This is more eliptical in the other two genera.
SexingMales with an elongate genital papilla. Some other species of Chiloglanis can be easily sexed in the males having enlarged anal and caudal fins of different shapes from the females.
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DistributionWest Central Africa: Cross River basin in Cameroon.
African Waters, Cross (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List StatusNear Threatened
pH6.4 - 7.0
Temperature22.0-26.0°C or 71.6-78.8°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersA good current is strongly recommended.
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FeedingWill eat a wide variety of prepared and frozen foods. Supplement with algae wafers.
FurnitureProvide plenty of rocks for hiding. Tank does not need to be well-planted.
CompatibilityPeaceful both with conspecifics and other fish, and therefore, suitable for the community tank.
Suggested TankmatesGood with many small- to mid-sized community fish. Ideal tankmates include fast-water Synodontis (such as S. brichardi and S. soloni), fast-water African characins and cyprinids like Nannocharax and Garra.
BreedingNot known in aquarium, although other species have been successfully bred in natural enclosures.
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ReferencesProc. Calif. Acad. Sci. (Ser. 4)v. 46 (no. 6) - pp168 - Figs. 1b, 2b, 3c-d, 6a-b, 8
Registered Keepers(1) Silurus, (2) malawiman1 (p: 2).

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Breeding ReportsNone.
Article - CotM 2004 April
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Last Update2010 Nov 22 15:59 (species record created: 2003 Aug 14 00:00)