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Scientific Name Schilbe mystus  (Linnaeus, 1758)
Common Names Butter Catfish
African Glass Catfish, Afrikansk Smørmalle (Denmark)
Type Locality Nile River.
Synonym(s) Bagrus adansonii, Bagrus depressirostris, Bagrus schilbeides, Eutropius adansonii, Eutropius altipinnis, Eutropius depressirostris, Eutropius nilotica, Eutropius niloticus, Eutropius niloticus niloticus, Eutropius obtusirostris, Hypophthalmus niloticus, Schilbe auratus, Schilbe bipinnatus, Schilbe bouvieri, Schilbe emini, Schilbe hasselquistii, Schilbe mystus fasciata, Schilbe mystus fasciatus, Schilbe mystus mystus, Schilbe niloticus, Schilbe steindachneri, Silurus mystus
Pronunciation skill bee - miss tuss
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Size 400mm or 15.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
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Distribution Africa: including the Nile and the Zambesi system.
African Waters, Zambesi (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Nile (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 23.0-27.0°C or 73.4-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
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Feeding Feeds from mid-water and surface waters on a wide variety of foods including fish, insects, shrimps, snails, plant seeds, and fruit.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Systema Naturae, Ed. X v. 1, pp 305.
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Last Update 2020 Sep 16 01:45 (species record created: 2005 Nov 20 00:00)