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  • Chrysichthys longipinnis
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Scientific NameChrysichthys longipinnis  (Boulenger, 1899)
Common NamesAfrican Big Eye Catfish
Aluminum Catfish
Type LocalityDolo, Stanley [Malebo] Pool, Congo R.
Synonym(s)Chrysichthys magnus, Gephyroglanis gigas, Gephyroglanis longipinnis
Pronunciationcry sick thiss
EtymologyChrysichthys: 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 RemarksOften sold as juveniles in the aquarium trade.
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DistributionAfrica: 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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pH6.3 - 7.5
Temperature20.0-25.0°C or 68-77°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersdH 4-12.
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FeedingIn nature, this species feeds mainly on worms. In the aquarium it is unfussy and eats most dry foods.
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ReferencesAnn. Mus. Congo (Ser. Zool.)v. 1 (fasc. 5) - pp109 - Pl. 41 (fig. 4)
Registered Keepers(1) RobDoran1, (2) arapaimag.

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Breeding ReportsNone.
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Last Update2013 Jul 19 18:03 (species record created: 2001 Apr 18 00:00)