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Scientific Name Parailia pellucida  (Boulenger, 1901)
Common Names African Glass Catfish
Glas-smørmalle (Denmark), Glass Catfish
Type Locality White Nile R. at Omdurman, Sudan.
Synonym(s) Physailia pellucida
Pronunciation Pah RAIL ee ah - pell yew sid ah
Etymology The generic name comes from the Latin prefix par-, meaning equal and Ailia, a genus of schilbeid catfishes, in reference to the similarity between this genus and Ailia. From Latin pellucidus, from pellucere, to shine through: per-, through, + lucere, to shine.
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Size 150mm or 5.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification All species of this genus have no dorsal fin and are small being no larger than 150 mm SL.

Specimens seen in the trade are usually much smaller than the given maximum length. Whereas the common glass cat (Kryptopterus minor) has a translucent translucent spinal chord, that of P. pellucida is an opaque black. Longer mandibular barbels than Kryptopterus. Adipose fin always present, pectoral spine with small, but well-developed serrations, 60-78 anal fin rays.
Sexing Males have a cylindrical or conical genital papilla with a wide pore at the tip; this papilla is fragile, short or retracted in females. The tapering, curved male papilla is approximately the same length as the second or third anterior rays of the anal fin. The female papilla is usually hidden in the urogenital depression, but if exposed, is never more than half as long as these fin rays.
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Distribution Wide distribution from Upper Nile to West Africa.
African Waters, Nile, Upper Nile (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Chad (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Nigeria Waters, Niger (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Sénégal (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Côte de Ivoire Waters, Bandama (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Cavalla (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Côte de Ivoire Waters, Boubo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Côte de Ivoire Waters, Agnébi (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Volta (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Ouémé (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Nigeria Waters, Ogun (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Tano (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Mono (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Cross (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Least Concern
pH 6.4 - 7.2
Temperature 25.0-28.0°C or 77-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Occurs in deep water. In the aquarium, prefers water that has a current but is not turbulent.
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Feeding In the wild, feeds on plankton and crustaceans. In the aquarium, is sometimes fussy about food; prefers small live, frozen or freeze-dried organisms but will generally accept flake food.
Furniture Best kept in a tank with moderate to dense plant growth. Unlike common glass cats, this species tends to hug the substrate during the day. In the wild, usually found in the shelter of overhanging clumps of grasses or sedges.
Compatibility A fragile, easily injured fish. Best kept in groups of 6 or more, the more the better. Suitable tank mates include other peaceful, small to medium-sized fish.
Breeding Not reported in the aquarium. In the wild, the fish begin spawning during the end of the rainy season right through to the end of the dry season.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (Ser. 7)v. 8 (no. 47) - pp445
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Last Update 2013 Jul 19 18:54 (species record created: 2004 Feb 23 00:00)