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Scientific Name Dinotopterus foveolatus  (Jackson, 1955)
Common Names Cratered Clarias
Chimwamapumba (Native)
Type Locality Nkata Bay, Lake Malawi [Lake Nyasa], southeastern Africa.
Synonym(s) Clarias faveolatus, Clarias foveolatus
Pronunciation fav ee o lay tus.
Etymology Dinotopterus: From the Greek, di-,meaning two, noton, meaning back and pteron, meaning fin; in reference to the presence of the two dorsal fins (rayed and adipose). From the latin faveolus, after favus, honeycomb, pertaining to the texture of the skin.
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Size 750mm or 29.5" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Can be Identified by the extensive pockmarks distributed on the fishes skin, as well as the look of being coated with dark oil.
Sexing In ventral view especially, females are much broader in the body than males of equal age and rearing practices.
General Remarks Occurs in deep water living among rocky areas and feeds on species of fish living among the rocks. Many Africans fear that smallpox will be contracted if this species is eaten so they refrain from doing so, the pock-marked skin being the cause of this fear.
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Distribution Lake Malawi endemic.
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Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London v. 125 (pts 3-4), pp 681, Fig.
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Last Update 2019 Apr 03 05:36 (species record created: 2013 Sep 19 10:17)