|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Gymnallabes typus Günther, 1867|
|Common Names||Flat Head Eel Catfish
Fathead Eel Catfish, Vestafrikansk ålemalle (Denmark)
|Type Locality||West Africa, probably Old Calabar.|
|Etymology||Gymnallabes: 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.|
- CotM 2005 July
|Size||250mm or 9.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Unpaired 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.
|Sexing||In ventral view especially, females are much broader in the body than males of equal age and rearing practices.|
|Distribution||West 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 Status||Least Concern|
|pH||5.8 - 7.0|
|Temperature||22.0-27.0°C or 71.6-80.6°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||Sensitive to bad water.|
|Feeding||Will take all manner of pelleted food, as well as frozen/live food (the latter being preferred).|
|Furniture||Provide plenty of driftwood for the fish to hide. Ensure that the tank cover is tight-fitting/weighed down, they are capable of climbing out.|
|Compatibility||A peaceful fish that is best suited for the West African biotope tank. Ideal tankmates include mid-sized African barbs, tetras, and cichlids.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|Reference||Annals and Magazine of Natural History (Series 3) v. 20 (no. 116) (art. 15), pp 111 , Pl. 2 (fig. A).|
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|Last Update||2019 Sep 14 05:59 (species record created: 2001 Apr 18 00:00)|