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Scientific Name Dinotopterus gigas  (Jackson, 1959)
Common Name
Type Locality Nkata Bay, Lake Malawi [Lake Nyasa], southeastern Africa.
Synonym(s) Bathyclarias gigas, Dinotopterus gigas
Etymology Dinotopterus: 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.
Sexing In ventral view especially, females are much broader in the body than males of equal age and rearing practices.
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Distribution Africa: 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 Category Not Evaluated
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Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London v. 132 (pt 1), pp 125, Fig. 7.
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Last Update 2019 Oct 08 07:20 (species record created: 2005 Jul 03 00:00)