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  • Chrysichthys auratus
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Scientific NameChrysichthys auratus  (Geoffroy St. Hilaire, 1809)
Common NameSpiny Catfish
Type LocalityNile River
Synonym(s)Bagrus auratus, Bagrus capito, Chrysichthys auratus auratus, Chrysichthys auratus longifilis, Chrysichthys auratus tilhoi, Chrysichthys macrops, Pimelodus auratus, Porcus auratus
Pronunciationcry sick thiss
EtymologyChrysichthys: From the Greek chrysos, meaning golden and ichthys, meaning fish; in reference to the golden-yellow color (of the type species, C. auratus). 
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Size 350mm or 13.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
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DistributionAfrica: River Nile and Lake Turkana (?). Also reported from Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon on the western coast of Africa.
African Waters, Nile (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Eastern Rift Valley Lakes, Turkana (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List StatusLeast Concern
Temperature26.0-31.0°C or 78.8-87.8°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersOccurs in lakes.
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FeedingFeeds on mollusks and small crustaceans (Branchiopods, Copepods, Ostracoda) which it digs from the substrate. It also feeds on fish and insects.
BreedingUnreported.
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ReferencesPoissons du Nilv. 1 (pt 1) - pp - Pl. 14 (figs. 3-4)
Registered Keepers(1) Silurus, (2) Junttis (k: 3).

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Breeding ReportsNone.
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Last Update2006 Jul 31 10:22 (species record created: 2004 Oct 05 00:00)