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Scientific Name Amphilius krefftii  Boulenger, 1911
Common Name
Type Locality Usambara, in rivulet running from Anani Hills to Sigi River, Pangani River System, Tanzania.
Pronunciation ahm FILL ee us
Etymology Amphilius: Not clear; probably from the Greek amphi, meaning both sides and leios, meaning smooth. 
Jump to next section Species Information
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 Tsavo River system of the Galana River basin, Kenya; Sigi and Pangani River basins, and Lake Jipe basin, Tanzania.
African Waters, Galana, Tsavo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Sigi (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Pangani (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Lake Jipe (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 Catalogue of the fresh-water fishes of Africa in the British Museum (Natural History). v. 2
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Last Update 2011 Jul 06 11:34 (species record created: 2011 Jan 30 06:51)