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  • Phractura ansorgii
  • Phractura ansorgii
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Scientific Name Phractura ansorgii  Boulenger, 1902
Common Names African Whiptailed Catfish
Roter Kaulquappenwels (Germany)
Type Locality Agberi, s. Nigeria.
Pronunciation frak TWO rah - an SORR jee eye
Etymology Phractura: From the Greek phraktos, meaning fenced in and oura, meaning tail; in reference to the bony plates enclosing the slender caudal peduncle. 
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Size 90mm or 3.5" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Superficially resembles a homalopterid loach, hence the common name of ''loach catfishes'' for the family Amphiliidae.
Sexing Females are larger, display banded pattern on body. Males are unbanded, but turn reddish at spawning time.
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Distribution Africa: Lower Niger
African Waters, Nigeria Waters, Niger, Lower Niger (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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pH 6.2 - 7.2
Temperature 20.0-24.0°C or 68-75.2°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Clean, cool, well oxygenated water with ample plant cover.
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Feeding Live, frozen or freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex, grindal worms, chironomid and other small larvae. Reported to also eat algae.
Furniture Best kept in a largish, shallow tank such as a 30-40 gallon breeder (120-150 l), with lots of plants, bogwood and hiding places, together with some open areas.
Compatibility A peaceful fish. Several individuals can be kept together.
Suggested Tankmates Smaller characins and cyprinids. Does not compete strongly for food, so best not kept with more aggressive or larger species.
Breeding Successfully bred as early as the 1950s by Försch. Breeding report is summarized in Baensch, Vol. 3, and pictures of eggs and fry are reproduced in Burgess' Atlas.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond.1901, v. 2 (pt 2) - pp623 - Pl. 37 (fig. 1)
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Last Update 2004 Sep 27 00:00 (species record created: 2006 Dec 27 09:36)