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Scientific Name Parauchenoglanis pantherinus  (Pellegrin, 1929)
Common Name Panther Catfish
Type Locality Ntem River, Nyabessan, Cameroon.
Synonym(s) Auchenoglanis pantherinus
Etymology Parauchenoglanis: The Greek prefix para means near; in reference to the resemblance to Auchenoglanis. 
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Size 112mm or 4.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification In all Parauchenoglanis the small eyes are not covered by a transparent skin (having a free border). The first dorsal spine is small, the second large and strong followed by seven branched fin rays (rarely eight). Pectoral fin with one spine and 7-8 branched rays, pelvic fin with six rays (of which five are branched), anal fin with 6-10 branched rays. Edge of caudal is straight or rounded.

This species' body is relatively low and gracile. Head and body brown (often purplish on lower portions of flanks) The head and flanks are strewn with numerous dark spots, those on the head are usually smaller. Fins are all spotted, although mottling on anal and pelvic fin may be faint. The belly is pale without dots.
General Remarks See also Fresh and Brackish Water Fishes of Lower Guinea, West Central Africa, Stiassny, Teugels, Hopkins, pg.603 Geerinckx T., Adriaens D., Teugels G.G. & Verraes W., 2004. A systematic revision of the African catfish genus Parauchenoglanis Boulenger, 1911 (Siluriformes: Claroteidae). Journal of Natural History, 38 (6): 775-803. Geerinckx T., Risch L., Vreven E., Adriaens D. & Teugels G.G., 2007. Claroteidae. In Poissons d’eaux douces et saumâtres de Basse Guinée, ouest de l’Afrique Centrale – The fresh and brackish water fishes of Lower Guinea, West Central Africa (Stiassny M.L.J., Teugels G.G. & Hopkins C.D., eds). RMCA (Tervuren) & IRD (Paris), p. 586-629.
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Distribution Africa: River Ntem, Cameroon.
African Waters, Cameroon waters, Southern Cameroon Waters, Ntem (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Vulnerable, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2009.
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Feeding In nature, preys on insect larvae, crustaceans, and small fishes - not a fussy eater in the aquarium and will eat most foods.
Breeding Unreported in the aquarium.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Bulletin de la Société Zoologique de France v. 54, pp 363.
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Last Update 2020 Oct 28 17:00 (species record created: 2008 May 25 12:39)