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Scientific Name Leptoglanis xenognathus  Boulenger, 1902
Common Name
Type Locality Ubangi River at Banzyville, Democratic Republic of Congo, about 4°18'N, 21°11'E.
Pronunciation lept oh glah niss
Etymology Leptoglanis: From the Greek leptos, meaning slender and glanis, meaning catfish; in reference to the small size. 
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Size 62mm or 2.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Currently regarded as a monotypic genus, there are differing vertebrae counts between specimens from the Lower congo mainstream and those from the upper Congo at Panga and the Ubangai River, with more study this may lead to at least one other species. Also has a highly modified mouth which is unique among the Amphiliidae.

Body is milk-white, the most noticable color features were on the fins:two broad oblique bands on the dorsal fin, two broad vertical bands on the caudal fin and a single broad band in the middle of the pectoral fin, all composed of brownish melanophores lying superficially on the fin rays.Anal, adipose and pelvic fins almost devoid of melanophores.
General Remarks Roberts (2003) removed most species from Leptoglanis and placed them, instead, into Zairichthys.
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Distribution Central Africa: Congo River basin.
African Waters, Congo (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Least Concern
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Furniture This would also be a sand dwelling species, found in nature living over or in sand.
Breeding Unreported in the aquarium.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Annales du Musee du Congo (Ser. Zoology) v. 2 (fasc. 2), pp 43, Pl. 14 (fig. 1).
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Last Update 2019 Oct 24 11:45 (species record created: 2011 Sep 22 11:57)