|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Dinotopterus cunningtoni Boulenger, 1906|
|Type Locality||Mpala, Zaire, Lake Tanganyika.|
|Pronunciation||kahn ning tone ee|
|Etymology||Dinotopterus: From the Greek, di-,meaning two, noton, meaning back and pteron, meaning fin; in reference to the presence of the two dorsal fins (rayed and adipose). Named after WA Cunnington, who collected the fish.|
|Size||1750mm or 68.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Easily distinguished from congeners by the presence of a distinct adipose fin.|
|Sexing||In ventral view especially, females are much broader in the body than males of equal age and rearing practices.|
|General Remarks||Occurs more commonly in rocky areas within Lake Tanganyika.|
|Distribution||East Africa: Lake Tanganyika
African Waters, Western Rift Valley Lakes, Tanganyika (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|IUCN Red List Status||Near Threatened|
|pH||6.8 - 8.6|
|Temperature||20.0-25.0°C or 68-77°F (Show species within this range)|
|Feeding||Omnivorous and predatory. Will eat virtually anything that can be considered edible.|
|Furniture||Open spaces for swimming and some cover in the form of rockwork with adequate crevices is required.|
|Compatibility||House with lively, robust large fish, preferably in a Rift Lake setup.|
|Breeding||Not reported in captivity. In the wild, Dinotopterus cunningtoni have been reported to deposit eggs in the nests of spawning giraffe catfish (Auchenoglanis occidentalis). The eggs hatched sooner than those of the hosts and the young dispersed rapidly. Although young Dinotopterus preyed on host young in the aquarium, it is not known if the relationship between the two catfish is wholly parasitic.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||Trans. Zool. Soc. Lond.v. 17 (pt 6, no. 1) - pp550 - Pl. 31
Ochi, H, T Ochi & Y Yanagisawa, 2001. Alloparental care between catfishes in Lake Tanganyika. J. Fish Biol. 59: 1279-1286.
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|Last Update||2006 Aug 10 03:22 (species record created: 2006 Aug 10 03:22)|