|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Malapterurus electricus (Gmelin, 1789)|
|Common Names||Electric Catfish
Elektrisk Malle (Denmark), Elmalle (Denmark), Zitterwels (Germany)
|Type Locality||Rosetta, branch of the Nile R.|
|Pronunciation||mah lah TERR oo russ - ell eck trick uss|
|Etymology||Malapterurus: From the Greek malakos, meaning soft, pteron, meaning fin and oura, meaning tail; presumably in reference to the adipose fin, which appears all the more prominent in the absence of the rayed dorsal fin.|
- CotM 2000 May
|Size||900mm or 35.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Sexing||Males are more slender.|
|Distribution||Central Africa North of the River Zambezi - Found in the Nile, Niger, Volta and Lakes Chad & Tanganyika
African Waters, Nile (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Nigeria Waters, Niger (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Volta (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Western Rift Valley Lakes, Tanganyika (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Chad (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Nigeria Waters, Agulu (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|IUCN Red List Status||Least Concern|
|pH||6.5 - 8.2|
|Temperature||23.0-30.0°C or 73.4-86°F (Show species within this range)|
|Feeding||Live fish, earthworms (bloodworm for smaller fish), chopped meat or seafood. Care must be taken not to overfeed as this fishes is a real glutton.|
|Furniture||A dimly lit tank with a suitably sized retreat - appears to prefer stone over wood.|
|Compatibility||A loner, adult fish must be kept alone.|
|Suggested Tankmates||None, for reasons that should be obvious!|
|Breeding||Unknown although it is reported that (a) the fish spawn in burrows and (b) that they may be mouthbrooders.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||Systema Naturae Linnév. 1 (pt 3) - pp1354|
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|Last Update||2018 Dec 07 12:17 (species record created: 2001 Apr 20 00:00)|