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Scientific Name Congoglanis sagitta  Ferraris, Vari & Skelton, 2011
Common Name
Type Locality Luapula drainage, Mulembo River at bridge on Mansa-Serenge road, 12°32'34''S, 30°23'24''E, Luapula Province, Zambia.
Etymology The region of the "Congo" and glanis meaning catfish. sagitta Latin for arrow, refers to the slender, streamlined shape of this species relative to that of its congeners.
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Size 136mm or 5.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification The caudal peduncle is short and compressed in Congoglanis in relation to other members of the Amphiliidae, depth is greater than its width, there are no scutes that show through the surface of the skin.

Body coloration generally dark, with variably distinct lighter regions on overall dark brown body.
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Distribution Tributaries of Lake Mweru and the Luongo and Chambeshi rivers, all tributaries of the Lualaba River, Congo River Basin, Zambia.
African Waters, Congo, Upper Congo, Lualaba, Mweru (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Congo, Luongo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Congo, Upper Congo, Chambeshi (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
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Furniture John Friel (pers. comm., 12 January 2011) noted that Congoglanis alula and C. sagitta, new species, were ‘‘typically found in the fastest flowing portions of rivers and are always associated with large rocks. They appear to congregate underneath rocks near where water breaks over the rocks during the day, and will move out onto the tops of rocks at night. Most specimens were collected during the day using an electroshocker, . . . alongside other extreme rheophilic fishes, such as Chiloglanis, Euchilichthys, and Labeo.’’
Breeding Unreported in the aquarium.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Copeia 2011 (no. 4), pp 484, Fig. 4.
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Last Update 2019 Oct 26 07:03 (species record created: 2011 Dec 29 18:51)