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Scientific NameLophiobagrus brevispinis  Bailey & Stewart, 1984
Common NameTanganjika Stinging Catfish
Type LocalityLake Tanganyika, 2 km north of Mpulungu, Zambia.
Pronunciationbrev EE spin iss
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 62mm or 2.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationSimilar to L. cyclurus but L. brevispinnis can be distinguished by the following clues:
- Smaller adult size (7cm male, 5cm female, versus 10 male and 8 female in L. cyclurus; sizes are not exactly to the mm but fairly accurate)
- Much more elongate build.
- Larger eyes that protrude above the head giving a ''frog'' like head profile.
- No clear edges on any fins!

-A rounded caudal fin, instead of truncate like L. cyclurus.
- Lighter overall color; reddish brown with a white belly; instead of wine-red turning to black in L. cyclurus.
SexingMales are larger. When viewed from above, males have a large, broad head, females a rounded belly. The genital papilla on the female is only obvious near spawning time.
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DistributionLake Tanganyika. Although exported from Burundi, it?s likely to have a lake-wide distribution.
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
pH7.4 - 9.0
Temperature22.0-28.0°C or 71.6-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersModerately hard (10+ GH). Water should be clean and oxygen-rich, especially when attempting to breed.
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FeedingReadily accepts flake and frozen food, but especially relishes live food such as crustaceans, insect larvae, small fry and worms.
FurnitureLots of rocks and hiding places. Because of Lophiobagrus? digging habits, sand is best for substrate, gravel is not suitable, unless very fine.
CompatibilityL. brevispinis is a social fish which should be kept in a small group, but with enough hiding places, at least one for every fish. Single specimens are very shy.
Suggested TankmatesAny not overly aggressive cichlid-species is suitable, and they can be kept with other Tanganyikan catfish like Synodontis or Phyllonemus. When combining with L. cyclurus, make sure there's room and plenty of caves, or the more peaceful L. brevispinis may be harassed by the bigger, more aggressive L. cyclurus.
BreedingBi-parental cave breeder. Parents show elaborate care for both eggs and fry, and will remove or eat spoiled eggs or dead fry, as well as defend the cave. The fish will remain in a cave for at least three weeks! During that time no food is taken at all. Often the female leaves after two or three weeks due to hunger, leaving the male to complete the rearing of the fry. In aquaria well stocked with cichlids, the female will stay with the male during the whole breeding cycle.
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ReferencesMisc. Publ. Mus. Zool. Univ. Mich.No. 168 - pp35 - Figs. 5c, 6c, 10
Registered Keepers(1) worton[pl] (k: 6), who also notes: "Peacful and shy at beginning however after adjustment they will feed even during daytime when keep in bigger group. Should not be kept with aggressive feeders since they do not compete very good for food.", (2) Richard B, (3) BrownBullhead (k: 46), (4) Lophio (k: 3), who also notes: "In the beginning very shy. Stay together and only leave there hideout when light is off. Later I hope they will get used to the tank and show themselves more. ", (5) Barbie, (6) Birger (k: 7), (7) I_Xeno (k: 6), (8) SHEAG35 (k: 2), (9) SHEAG, (10) CatWhat (k: 28), who also notes: "One of the more interesting catfish I have kept. Easy to feed, I'm feeding mine mostly earth worms and mysis shrimp. But will take pretty much anything. Fun to watch digging their burrows and lip locking over territory conflicts.", (11) Gordon C. Snelling, (12) Yann (k: 3), (13) CichliDon (k: 14), who also notes: "Spawned in December 2014. 3 broods. sold the breeders. Growing out the fry. Fun to work with.".

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Breeding Reports(1) CichliDon (b: 11).
Article - CotM 2004 February
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Last Update2006 Aug 21 01:45 (species record created: 2001 Apr 21 00:00)