Cat-eLog Right Arrow Clariidae Right Arrow Gymnallabes

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Scientific NameGymnallabes typus  Günther, 1867
Common NamesFlat Head Eel Catfish
Fathead Eel Catfish, Vestafrikansk ålemalle (Denmark)
Type LocalityWest Africa, probably Old Calabar.
Synonym(s)Clariallabes longicaudatus
Pronunciationtee pess
EtymologyGymnallabes: From the Greek, gymnos, meaning hidden and allabes, the name of a Nilotic fish (a kind of lamprey); in reference to the shape and nature of the fish. The Latin specific epithet typus means model or example, in allusion to the fact that this distinctive species was the only one known when described.
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Size 250mm or 9.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationUnpaired fins continuous, paired fins reduced or absent.

Distinguished by the extremely elongate body, reduced cranial shield, confluent median fins, small eyes and presence of pelvic fins.
SexingIn ventral view especially, females are much broader in the body than males of equal age and rearing practices.
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DistributionWest Africa: lower course and delta of the Niger River and Cross River basin in Nigeria. Also known from Cameroon.
African Waters, Nigeria Waters, Niger, Lower Niger (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Cross (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List StatusLeast Concern
pH5.8 - 7.0
Temperature22.0-27.0°C or 71.6-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersSensitive to bad water.
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FeedingWill take all manner of pelleted food, as well as frozen/live food (the latter being preferred).
FurnitureProvide plenty of driftwood for the fish to hide. Ensure that the tank cover is tight-fitting/weighed down, they are capable of climbing out.
CompatibilityA peaceful fish that is best suited for the West African biotope tank. Ideal tankmates include mid-sized African barbs, tetras, and cichlids.
BreedingNot reported.
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ReferencesAnn. Mag. Nat. Hist. (Ser. 3)v. 20 (no. 116) - pp111 [3] - Pl. 2 (fig. A)
Registered Keepers(1) Silurus, (2) lordotterby, (3) The-Wolf (p: 2), (4) malawiman1, (5) Junttis (k: 10), (6) jippo (k: 3), (7) arapaimag (k: 5), (8) amiidae.

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Breeding ReportsNone.
Article - CotM 2005 July
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Last Update2013 Jul 18 23:50 (species record created: 2001 Apr 18 00:00)