|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Amphilius uranoscopus (Pfeffer, 1889)|
|Common Names||Stargazer Mountain Catfish
Gewone Bergbaber (South Africa), Stjernekiggermalle (Denmark)
|Type Locality||Ushonda and Monda, upper ranges of Wami R., Tanzania.|
|Pronunciation||ahm FILL ee us|
|Etymology||Amphilius: Not clear; probably from the Greek amphi, meaning both sides and leios, meaning smooth.|
|Size||160mm or 6.3" 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).|
|Distribution||Africa: Widespread in central and east Africa. Known from the Tana River, Kenya to Pongolo River, Natal. Also known from the Okavango, Zambezi systems, and east coast rivers south to the Mkuze system in northern Natal.
African Waters, Zambesi, Upper Zambesi (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Okavango (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Maputo, Pongolo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Mkuze (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Tana (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|IUCN Red List Status||Least Concern|
|Temperature||20.0-25.0°C or 68-77°F (Show species within this range)|
|Feeding||Feeds mainly on insects and small organisms from the substrate.|
|Furniture||Rocky substrate is the natural habitat. Flowing water.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||Jahrb. Wiss. Anst. Hamburg v. 6 (art. 4) 16.|
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|Last Update||2013 Jul 19 14:08 (species record created: 2005 Jun 19 00:00)|