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  • Parauchenoglanis altipinnis
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Scientific Name Parauchenoglanis altipinnis  (Boulenger, 1911)
Common Name Highfin Spotted Catfish
Type Locality Dja River at Esamesa, Congo system, southern Cameroon.
Synonym(s) Auchenoglanis altipinnis
Etymology Parauchenoglanis: The Greek prefix para means near; in reference to the resemblance to Auchenoglanis. 
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Size 225mm or 8.9" 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 overall pigmentation ranges from greyish to very dark brown. Barely obvious pigmentation pattern on flank generally consisting of one horizontal row of one to six large round spots, becoming more and more faint towards the rear.Belly brown to whitish.Dorsal portion of body,as well as adipose and caudal fins sometimes have some faint reticulate pattern apparent. Other fins uniformly coloured.Dorsal fin long to extremely long when compared to others in its genus. Large adipose fin comparable to P. punctatus
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Distribution Africa: South Cameroon.
African Waters, Cameroon waters, Nyong (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Congo, Dja (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Least Concern
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Breeding Unreported
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Journal of Natural History, 38 (6): 775-803.
Geerinckx T., Adriaens D., Teugels G.G. & Verraes W., 2004. A systematic revision of the African catfish genus Parauchenoglanis Boulenger, 1911 (Siluriformes: Claroteidae). 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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Last Update 2013 Feb 06 09:19 (species record created: 2008 Jun 09 01:31)