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  • Amphilius chalei
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Scientific Name Amphilius chalei  Seegers, 2008
Common Name
Type Locality Stream in Ruhuhu drainage (Werera River?), Malawi system, 44 km south of Njombe, Tanzania, 9°32'S, 35°06'E.
Pronunciation ahm FILL ee us
Etymology Amphilius: Not clear; probably from the Greek amphi, meaning both sides and leios, meaning smooth. 
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Size 70mm or 2.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Most amphiliid species are found in fast-flowing water of clear, rocky streams at high elevations or rapids of large lowland rivers (Berra 2001; Roberts 2003).basins (Seegers et al. 2003). Species of Amphilius are adapted for fast flow and rocky habitats (Skelton 1986). Morphological adaptations for these habitats include expanded pectoral and pelvic fins with a thickened first ray, depressed body, dorsally directed eyes and reduced swim bladder (Skelton 1986; Walsh et al. 2000). The large pelvic fins form, in conjunction with the body, a feeble sucking disc that enables the fish to cling to rocks (Jackson 1961b).
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Distribution Africa: Lake Malawi in Tanzania
African Waters, Zambesi, Malawi (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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Feeding The diet of Amphilius species has been reported to consist predominantly of benthic aquatic insects (Marriott et al. 1997; Skelton 2001; Walsh et al. 2000).
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References The catfishes of Africa, pp 138 [542], Figs.
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Last Update 2014 Jun 29 09:27 (species record created: 2009 Jan 21 16:02)