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Scientific NameLophiobagrus cyclurus  (Worthington & Ricardo, 1937)
Common NameTanganjika Stinging Catfish
Type LocalityLake Tanganyika, east Africa.
Synonym(s)Chrysichthys cyclurus, Lophiobagrus lestradei
Pronunciationsigh kloo russ
EtymologyLophiobagrus: The name comes from the broad, depressed anterior region of the fish, which reminded Poll of the angler fish (Lophius piscatorius). 
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Size 80mm or 3.1" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
General RemarksMucus is poisonous to other fishes.
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DistributionAfrica: 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 StatusLeast Concern
pH7.5 - 8.0
Temperature23.0-26.0°C or 73.4-78.8°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersdH 15-25.
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FeedingFeed on chironomid larvae, beetle larvae and small crustaceans with occasional ingestion of vegetable material.
FurnitureLikes to hide amongst rocks during the day, active nocturnally.
BreedingUnreported. Care of the eggs and young is probably done by mouthbrooding solitary males.
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ReferencesProc. Zool. Soc. Lond.1936 (pt 4) - pp1093 - Fig. 7
Registered Keepers(1) Barbie (k: 5), (2) Oliver D. (k: 33), who also notes: "Spawned...", (3) Richard B, (4) tezr (k: 3), (5) longstocking, (6) Goodeid608, (7) Margie (k: 6), who also notes: "I spotted 1/4" fry on 1-10-16.", (8) Lutt.

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Breeding Reports(1) Lutt (b: 7).
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Last Update2006 Aug 01 07:39 (species record created: 2004 Mar 27 00:00)