|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Chiloglanis polypogon Roberts, 1989|
|Common Name||African Suckermouth Catfish|
|Type Locality||High gradient stream along road from Mamfe to Bamenda, 88-94 kilometers southwest of Bamenda, Cross basin, Cameroon, western Africa.|
|Pronunciation||Kee low glan iss - paw lee poe gone|
|Etymology||Chiloglanis: 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.|
- CotM 2004 April
|Size||55mm or 2.2" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Second 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.
|Sexing||Males 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.|
|Distribution||West Central Africa: Cross River basin in Cameroon.
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|IUCN Red List Status||Near Threatened|
|pH||6.4 - 7.0|
|Temperature||22.0-26.0°C or 71.6-78.8°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||A good current is strongly recommended.|
|Feeding||Will eat a wide variety of prepared and frozen foods. Supplement with algae wafers.|
|Furniture||Provide plenty of rocks for hiding. Tank does not need to be well-planted.|
|Compatibility||Peaceful both with conspecifics and other fish, and therefore, suitable for the community tank.|
|Suggested Tankmates||Good 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.|
|Breeding||Not known in aquarium, although other species have been successfully bred in natural enclosures.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|Reference||Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences (Series 4) v. 46 (no. 6), pp 168, Figs. 1b, 2b, 3c-d, 6a-b, 8.|
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|Last Update||2019 Sep 26 11:23 (species record created: 2003 Aug 14 00:00)|