|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Parauchenoglanis balayi (Sauvage, 1879)|
|Common Name||African Tiger Catfish|
|Type Locality||Ogôoué River at Lopé [? Lopé River], French Congo|
|Synonym(s)||Auchenoglanis balayi, Auchenoglanis pulcher, Pimelodus balayi|
|Etymology||Parauchenoglanis: The Greek prefix para means near; in reference to the resemblance to Auchenoglanis.|
|Size||383mm or 15.1" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||In all Parauchenoglanis the small eyes are not covered by a transparent skin (having a free border). The first dorsal spine is small, the second large and strong followed by seven branched fin rays (rarely eight). Pectoral fin with one spine and 7-8 branched rays, pelvic fin with six rays (of which five are branched), anal fin with 6-10 branched rays. Edge of caudal is straight or rounded.
For P. balayi overall colouration brown or greyish, the head is often somewhat darker. Flanks with large spots (usually as large as, or larger than, the eyes), which may merge together.The number, position and intensity of these spots are highly variable and often vertical or horizontal series are present. Markings are more intense anteriorly where the spots often merge into a single large irregular blotch.The head and fins may or may not be spotted. Belly is creamy white.
|Distribution||Africa: river systems in South Cameroon, Gabon and Democratic Republic of the Congo.
African Waters, Congo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Gabon Waters, Egombe (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Gabon Waters, Ogowe (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|IUCN Red List Status||Least Concern|
|Temperature||22.0-28.0°C or 71.6-82.4°F (Show species within this range)|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||Bull. Soc. Philomath. Paris (Ser. 7) v. 3 98  Fresh and Brackish Water Fishes of Lower Guinea, West Central Africa, Stiassny, Teugels, Hopkins, pg.603 Geerinckx T., Adriaens D., Teugels G.G. & Verraes W., 2004. A systematic revision of the African catfish genus Parauchenoglanis Boulenger, 1911 (Siluriformes: Claroteidae). Journal of Natural History, 38 (6): 775-803. Geerinckx T., Risch L., Vreven E., Adriaens D. & Teugels G.G., 2007. Claroteidae. In Poissons d’eaux douces et saumâtres de Basse Guinée, ouest de l’Afrique Centrale – The fresh and brackish water fishes of Lower Guinea, West Central Africa (Stiassny M.L.J., Teugels G.G. & Hopkins C.D., eds). RMCA (Tervuren) & IRD (Paris), p. 586-629.|
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|Last Update||2009 Sep 26 09:05 (species record created: 2001 May 04 00:00)|