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Scientific Name Tetracamphilius pectinatus  Roberts, 2003
Common Name
Type Locality Congo basin, tributary of River Luala 26 kilometers north of Kibunzi, 8 kilometers south of turnoff to Kibunzi, Luozi District, 5°06.5'S, 13°48'E (original description seems to be in error at 45°06.5'S, 13°48'E), Republic of Congo.
Etymology From the Greek tetra meaning four and akis meaning point, in reference to the multicuspid teeth, and Amphilius a generical name for this group of catfishes. The trivial name pectinatus is Latin for comb-like, in reference to the small serrations on the pectoral fin.
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Size 34mm or 1.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification This genus differs from all other amphiliiids in having pedicellate jaw teeth with a fan-shaped distal end typically armed with two to six tiny flattened triangular cusps.Triangular adipose fin, slender caudal peduncle , caudal fin deeply forked with the lower lobe slightly larger than upper.

This species is very colorful, the dark narrow bands are a dark chocolate brown, the dorsum of the head and areas between the narrow bands are tan or orangish tan, the abdomen and other pale areas cream colored.
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Distribution Known from the mainstream of the Ubangui upstream from Bangui, from a small tributary of the River Lualain the Lower Congo Basin(Bas-Congo), and from the Luala in Southern Congo(Kasai).
African Waters, Congo, Ubangi (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Data Deficient
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Furniture Breeding condition specimens were collected in clear moderately swift flowing water, with sand, gravel and rock rubble bottom.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences v. 54 (no. 5)., pp104, Fig. 18.
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Last Update 2013 Feb 24 13:31 (species record created: 2012 Nov 24 04:52)