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Scientific Name Paradoxoglanis parvus  Norris, 2002
Common Name
Type Locality River Mawuya, Territory de Libenge, 3°14'N, 18°41'E, Mawuya, Congo River drainage, Congo.
Etymology The Greek, glanis meaning catfish and paradoxos meaning strange or contrary to expectation. Gender is masculine. From the Latin, parvus meaning little or small , in reference to the small size of this species and others in its genus.
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Size 169mm or 6.7" 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 generally spotted or blotched. Lateral line short, generally 18-28% of Standard length.
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Distribution Distributed in the middle Congo River system, from Pool Malebo upstream into the middle Ubangui as far upstream in the Congo as Kisangani. Not verified in the Lower Congo but is present in the Kumbinanimi River system, a small coastal basin just north of the Congo mouth.
African Waters, Congo, Middle Congo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Kumbinanimi (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Least Concern
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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 In line with smaller body sizes, clutch sizes in species of Paradoxoglanis are far smaller than those of most if not all Malapterurus. Large well-formed ova were observed in specimens as small as 73 MM SL.
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 126, Figs. 74b, 76.
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Last Update 2019 Oct 26 07:33 (species record created: 2012 Oct 22 15:40)