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Scientific Name Zaireichthys rotundiceps  (Hilgendorf, 1905)
Common Names Spotted Sand Catlet
Gevlekte-sandbabertjie
Type Locality Bubu River at Irangi = [Kondoa], ca. 4°55'S, 35°45'E, East Africa.
Synonym(s) Gephyroglanis rotundiceps, Leptoglanis rotundiceps
Pronunciation za eer ICK thiss
Etymology Zaireichthys: From the Zaire river and the Greek ichthys, meaning fish; in reference to the type of the genus and its collection locality. 
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Size 38mm or 1.5" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification The majority of species are small and compact, have a defense mechanism of three ossified spines in the dorsal and pectoral fins,being able to lock them into place which makes the genus different from all other Amphiliidae.
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Distribution Africa: rivers in Kenya, Tanzania, middle Zambesi, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Also in the Cunene, Okavango, Pungwe, Buzi, Save systems as well as in the Lake Malawi catchment.
African Waters, Zambesi, Middle Zambesi (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Cunene (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, Save (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Pungwe (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Zambesi, Malawi (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Buzi (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Data Deficient, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2016.
Temperature 22.0-25.0°C or 71.6-77°F (Show species within this range)
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Furniture In nature the majority of species are found over or in sand in flowing rivers. There is one known lake dwelling species from Lake Malawi which is also found over sand and living in snail shells.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Zoologische Jahrbücher, Abteilung für Systematik, Geographie und Biologie der Tiere (Jena) v. 22 (no. 4), pp 412.
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Last Update 2019 Oct 09 05:12 (species record created: 2008 May 17 04:11)