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Scientific Name Paradoxoglanis caudivittatus  Norris, 2002
Common Name
Type Locality Small creeks tributary of Lomela River, 2°00'-2°19'S, 22°58'E-23°15'E, northern Sankuru, Lomela, Congo.
Etymology The Greek, glanis meaning catfish and paradoxos meaning strange or contrary to expectation. Gender is masculine. From the Latin cauda meaning tail and vitta meaning ribbon or stripe, in reference to the strongly developed caudal saddle and bar pattern of this species.
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Size 125mm or 4.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification The most notable feature for identification is the incomplete lateral line, depending on the species of Paradoxoglanis only extending 28 to 50% of the distance from the posterior of the body as opposed to Malapterurus which extends completely down the body to near the caudal peduncle. The adipose fin also begins in front of the posterior end of the anal fin base, in Malapterurus it begins behind this point.

Strongly developed caudal saddle and bar pattern, especially in juveniles, saddle often fainter in adults. Lateral line relatively long for the genus 45 to 50% of the Standard length.
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Distribution Restricted to the central portion of the Congo Basin, in the Tshuapa and Lukenie river systems.
African Waters, Congo, Middle Congo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Congo, Lower Congo, Kasai, Lukenia (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Congo, Middle Congo, Busira, Tshuapa (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2009.
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Feeding It has been noted that gut content studies shows that these fish ingest insects, crustaceans, larvae and plant debris, rarely encountering fish remains.
Breeding Unknown
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Annales, Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Tervuren, Série in 8o, Sciences Zoologiques v. 289, pp 120, Figs. 72, 74a.
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Last Update 2019 Oct 26 07:32 (species record created: 2012 Oct 22 15:38)