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  • Chrysichthys longipinnis
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Scientific Name Chrysichthys longipinnis  (Boulenger, 1899)
Common Names African Big Eye Catfish
Aluminum Catfish
Type Locality Dolo, Stanley [Malebo] Pool, Congo River, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Synonym(s) Chrysichthys magnus, Gephyroglanis gigas, Gephyroglanis longipinnis
Pronunciation cry sick thiss
Etymology Chrysichthys: From the Greek chrysos, meaning golden and ichthys, meaning fish; in reference to the golden-yellow color (of the type species, C. auratus). 
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Size 700mm or 27.6" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
General Remarks Often sold as juveniles in the aquarium trade.
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Distribution Africa: Congo-Lualaba River system.
African Waters, Congo, Upper Congo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Congo, Upper Congo, Lualaba (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 2009.
pH 6.3 - 7.5
Temperature 20.0-25.0°C or 68-77°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters dH 4-12.
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Feeding In nature, this species feeds mainly on worms. In the aquarium it is unfussy and eats most dry foods.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Annales du Musee du Congo (Ser. Zoology) v. 1 (fasc. 5), pp 109, Pl. 41 (fig. 4).
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Last Update 2019 Sep 14 02:52 (species record created: 2001 Apr 18 00:00)