Cat-eLog Right Arrow Malapteruridae Right Arrow Paradoxoglanis

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Scientific Name Paradoxoglanis cryptus  Norris, 2002
Common Name
Type Locality River Kagala, tributary of River Itimbiri, right bank, 2°44'N, 23°46'E, Aketi, Congo.
Etymology The Greek, glanis meaning catfish and paradoxos meaning strange or contrary to expectation. Gender is masculine. The name is derived from the Greek, ,em> kryptos , meaning hidden or secret. This in reference to close superficial resemblance of this species to P. parvus but differing most in sharply elevated vertebral counts.
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Size 119mm or 4.7" 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.

Caudal saddle and bar pattern absent, dorsum and flank largely unmarked. Lateral line usually 33-36% of standard length.
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Distribution Known only from the type locality, near Aketi on the Kagala River, a tributary of the Itimbiri River (Congo River system).
African Waters, Congo, Upper Congo, Lualaba, Itimbiri, Kagala (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Data Deficient
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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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References Royal Museum for Central Africa. v. 289
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Last Update 2012 Nov 07 20:28 (species record created: 2012 Oct 22 15:39)