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Scientific Name Chrysichthys auratus  (Geoffroy St. Hilaire, 1809)
Common Name Spiny Catfish
Type Locality Nile River
Synonym(s) Bagrus auratus, Bagrus capito, Chrysichthys auratus auratus, Chrysichthys auratus longifilis, Chrysichthys auratus tilhoi, Chrysichthys macrops, Pimelodus auratus, Porcus auratus
Pronunciation cry sick thiss
Etymology Chrysichthys: 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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Distribution West Africa: From Mauritania to Ghana, except in coastal basins from Gambia to Liberia where it is replaced by C. maurus. Also reported from Nigeria and Cameroon. Questionably reported from Nile River and Lake Turkana (?).
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 Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2019.
Temperature 26.0-31.0°C or 78.8-87.8°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Occurs in lakes.
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Feeding Feeds on mollusks and small crustaceans (Branchiopods, Copepods, Ostracoda) which it digs from the substrate. It also feeds on fish and insects.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Poissons du Nil v. 1 (part 1), pp [322], Pl. 14 (figs. 3-4).
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Last Update 2020 Sep 23 03:08 (species record created: 2004 Oct 05 00:00)