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Scientific NameAmphilius natalensis  Boulenger, 1917
Common Name
Pronunciationahm FILL ee us
EtymologyAmphilius: Not clear; probably from the Greek amphi, meaning both sides and leios, meaning smooth. 
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Size 125mm or 4.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationMost 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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DistributionAfrica: Ruo River, Zambezi system in Malawi south to Umkomaas River in Natal, South Africa. Also known from the eastern highlands of Zimbabwe (lower Zambezi).
African Waters, Zambesi, Shire, Ruo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Umkomaas (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Zambesi, Lower Zambesi (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List StatusLeast Concern
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FeedingIn the wild it is active at night, feeding on benthic stream invertebrates such as mayfly and midge larvae.
FurnitureOccurs among cobbles and rocks in swiftly flowing water.
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Registered KeepersNone.
Breeding ReportsNone.
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Last Update2011 Feb 09 09:29 (species record created: 2011 Jan 30 09:33)