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Scientific Name Auchenoglanis sacchii  (Vinciguerra, 1898)
Common Name
Type Locality Ethiopia, Southern Nations Nationalitiesand Peoples Region. Oma River at Murzu
Synonym(s) Oxyglanis sacchii
Etymology Auchenoglanis: From the Greek, auchenos, meaning neck and glanis, meaning catfish; in reference to the long cranial shield. 
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Size 308mm or 12.1" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification The genus is diagnosed on the basis of a unique combination of characters: a deep and broad skull, narrow mouth, reduced pramaxillary tooth patches, anterior nostrils on the upper lip, and three large nuchal plates, the first which is in close proximity to the rear of the supraoccipital- a bone on the dorsal side of the great foramen(opening) of the skull.

The original description gives only a vague one sentence description that the body is brown with darker spots on the body and fins. The diagnostic character that clearly distinguishes A. saachi from the other species is the position of the origin of the adipose fin relative to the origin of the anal fin. The holotype is in poor condition and perhaps the position of the adipose has been distorted and changed from its original position. However, the original description states that the adipose-fin origin is over the origin of the anal fin. Also Vinciquerra(1898) noted that distance between the dorsal fin and adipose fin is three times the length of the base of the adipose fin. In the other species, the length of adipose fin is much greater than the space between the dorsal fin and adipose fin.
General Remarks There is a good chance the size potential of the different species of Auchenoglanis may be much bigger than what is shown on the data pages. Some of the current data comes from studies which do not always use fully grown adult fish, sizes will be adjusted as proof of larger adult sizes are revealed.
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Distribution Known only from the Omo River, Ethiopia.
African Waters, Eastern Rift Valley Lakes, Turkana, Omo (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
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Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Retzer, ME, 2010. Taxonomy of Auchenoglanis Günther 1865 (Siluriformes: Auchenoglanididae). Zootaxa 2655: 25–51.
Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Genova (Serie 2a) v. 19 [vol. 39 in sequence]
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Last Update 2011 Aug 17 04:46 (species record created: 2010 Nov 10 20:28)