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Scientific Name Auchenoglanis cf. occidentalis   
Common Name
Etymology Auchenoglanis: From the Greek, auchenos, meaning neck and glanis, meaning catfish; in reference to the long cranial shield. 
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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.

There are a number of populations which may eventually gain species status, one of which is a population (from a list from Sierra Leone) from the Upper Guinean fish faunal group that has four to five very large spots along the side of the body, which this fish does have.
General Remarks This species was imported through Rehoboth Aquatics, listed as Auchenoglanis cf. occidentalis Bouche and was reportedly exported out of Guinea.
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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.
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Last Update 2012 Apr 25 12:59 (species record created: 2011 Feb 09 20:55)