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Scientific NameAmphilius longirostris  (Boulenger, 1901)
Common Name
Type LocalityHills in Bulu country, about 75 miles in the interior from Batanga, Cameroon, elevation 1500-2000 feet.
Synonym(s)Anoplopterus longirostris
Pronunciationahm FILL ee us
EtymologyAmphilius: Not clear; probably from the Greek amphi, meaning both sides and leios, meaning smooth. 
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Size 118mm or 4.6" 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: Cameroons and Equatorial Guinea, also tributaries of Ngoko, Congo River system in Cameroons.
African Waters, Cameroon waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Equatorial Guinea Waters (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 StatusLeast Concern
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FeedingThe diet of Amphilius species has been reported to consist predominantly of benthic aquatic insects (Marriott et al. 1997; Skelton 2001; Walsh et al. 2000).
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ReferencesAnnals and Magazine of Natural History (Series 7) v. 8 (no. 47)
Registered KeepersNone.
Breeding ReportsNone.
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Last Update2011 Jul 06 13:16 (species record created: 2011 Jan 30 13:49)