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Scientific NameBelonoglanis brieni  Poll, 1959
Common NameAfrican Walking Whiptail
Type LocalityStanley Pool, N
Pronunciationbe LONO glan iss - bree EN eye
EtymologyBelonoglanis: From the Greek belone, meaning needle, and glanis, meaning catfish; in reference to the shape. Named in honor of Professor P. Brien
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Size 50mm or 2" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationOn the top of the body there is a single row of bony plates from the dorsal fin to the caudal peduncle, paralleled by two rows of bony plates on the sides of the belly. Very long and thin caudal peduncle. Small adipose about halfway between the dorsal and the caudal, and a large dorsal fin. Apparently are toothless.

Base color is yellowish to brown, is irregularly spotted with darker spots. Fins have a sprinkling of dark spots with brown on the caudal and adipose fins.
General RemarksThis species can raise itself on its pectoral and ventral fins and can use these fins in a walking motion.
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DistributionAfrica: Congo Basin
African Waters, Congo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List StatusData Deficient
pH6.5 - 7.2
Temperature20.0-25.0°C or 68-77°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parametersdh 15.
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FeedingVery small insects and worms and crustaceans.
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ReferencesAnn. Mus. R. Congo Belge (Ser. 8), Sci. Zool.v. 71 - pp107 - Pl. 22 (fig. 3)
Registered Keepers(1) Birger (k: 2), (2) dmcat (k: 14).

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Breeding ReportsNone.
Article - CotM 2012 December
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Last Update2013 Feb 20 11:06 (species record created: 2001 Apr 10 00:00)