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  • Dinotopterus gigas
  • Dinotopterus gigas
  • Dinotopterus gigas
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Scientific NameDinotopterus gigas  Jackson, 1959
Common Name
Type LocalityNkata Bay, Lake Malawi [Lake Nyasa], se. Africa.
Synonym(s)Bathyclarias gigas, Dinotopterus gigas
EtymologyDinotopterus: From the Greek, di-,meaning two, noton, meaning back and pteron, meaning fin; in reference to the presence of the two dorsal fins (rayed and adipose). 
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Size 1000mm or 39.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
SexingIn ventral view especially, females are much broader in the body than males of equal age and rearing practices.
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DistributionAfrica: Endemic to Lake Malawi.
African Waters, Zambesi, Malawi (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List StatusLeast Concern
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ReferencesProc. Zool. Soc. Lond.v. 132 (pt 1) - pp125 - Fig. 7
Registered KeepersNone.
Breeding ReportsNone.
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Last Update2018 Jan 10 13:03 (species record created: 2005 Jul 03 00:00)