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  • Amphilius atesuensis
  • Amphilius atesuensis
  • Amphilius atesuensis
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Scientific NameAmphilius atesuensis  Boulenger, 1904
Common NamesAfrican Hillstream Catfish
Ghana-Kaulquappenwels (Germany)
Type LocalityAtesu R., Ghana.
Synonym(s)Amphilius pictus
Pronunciationahm FILL ee us - at ESS you EN siss
EtymologyAmphilius: Not clear; probably from the Greek amphi, meaning both sides and leios, meaning smooth. 
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Size 60mm or 2.4" 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: Guinea (Gbin River) and Sierra Leone to Ghana (Pra River). Also known from the St. John River in Liberia and the Mono River in Togo.
African Waters, Nigeria Waters, Niger, Upper Niger, Gbin (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Pra (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, St John (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Mono (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List StatusLeast Concern
pH6.4 - 7.0
Temperature18.0-25.0°C or 64.4-77°F (Show species within this range)
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FeedingFrozen foods and flakes are greedily taken.
FurnitureSome rocks, driftwood and long-leaved plants. A current is strongly recommended.
CompatibilitySmall fishes that aren't easily frightened by the swift movements of A. atesuensis. Not with much larger and/or agressive fishes. A sociable fish that should be kept in a (small) group.
Suggested TankmatesOther small African catfishes that like to move around as well as Characins or Cyprinids. Some fish, like for instance Corydoras, tend to get nervous from A. atesuesis.
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ReferencesAnn. Mag. Nat. Hist. (Ser. 7)v. 14 (no. 79) - pp17
Registered Keepers(1) Raycharles, (2) emperorted, (3) Murloc, (4) madpeace21.

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Breeding ReportsNone.
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Last Update2006 Aug 21 02:12 (species record created: 2005 Aug 27 00:00)