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Scientific Name Amphilius platychir  (Günther, 1864)
Common Name Mountain Barbel
Type Locality Sierra Leone.
Synonym(s) Amphilius grammatophorus, Pimelodus platychir
Pronunciation ahm FILL ee us
Etymology Amphilius: Not clear; probably from the Greek amphi, meaning both sides and leios, meaning smooth. 
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Size 167mm or 6.6" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Most amphiliid species are found in fast-flowing water of clear, rocky streams at high elevations or rapids of large lowland rivers (Berra 2001; Roberts 2003).basins (Seegers et al. 2003). Species of Amphilius are adapted for fast flow and rocky habitats (Skelton 1986). Morphological adaptations for these habitats include expanded pectoral and pelvic fins with a thickened first ray, depressed body, dorsally directed eyes and reduced swim bladder (Skelton 1986; Walsh et al. 2000). The large pelvic fins form, in conjunction with the body, a feeble sucking disc that enables the fish to cling to rocks (Jackson 1961b).
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Distribution Africa: Sierra Leone, Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire. Known from the Senegal, Niger, Gambia, Corubal, Konkouré and Little Scarcies Rivers. Reported from Luongo River, Congo system, Zambia. Reports from Ghana and Tanzania need confirmation.
African Waters, Sénégal (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, Geba, Corubal (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Gambia (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Konkouré (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Little Scarcies (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Congo, Luongo (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Least Concern
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Feeding The diet of Amphilius species has been reported to consist predominantly of benthic aquatic insects (Marriott et al. 1997; Skelton 2001; Walsh et al. 2000).
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Cat. Fishesv. 5 - pp134
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Last Update 2006 Aug 21 02:12 (species record created: 2004 Nov 26 00:00)