Cat-eLog Right Arrow Mochokidae Right Arrow Chiloglanidinae Right Arrow Chiloglanis

Jump to next section Cat-eLog Data Sheet
Scientific NameChiloglanis pretoriae  Van Der Horst, 1931
Common NamesShortspine Rock Catlet
Kortstekel-suierbekkie (South African), Limpopo Rock Catlet, Shortspine Suckermouth
Type LocalityCrocodile River, Pretoria District, Transvaal
PronunciationKee low glan iss
EtymologyChiloglanis: From the Greek cheilos, meaning lip, and glanis, meaning catfish; in reference to the oral morphology. Pretoriae, a reference to Pretoria.
Jump to next section Species Information
Size 65mm or 2.6" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationSecond largest catfish genus next to Synodontis in Africa. characterized by jaws and lips modified into a sucker or oral disc used for adhering to and feeding upon objects in fast flowing waters. Generally fairly small at 100 mm SL or less. Often caudal shape can show sexual dimorphism and is usually species specific.

Dark brown with small lighter patches on back and a distinctive series of verticle spots along body. Coloration is somewhat variable between populations. Turns a golden-yellow overall when stressed.
SexingMales possess a distinct genital papilla.
Jump to next section Habitat Information
DistributionIncomati, Limpopo, and middle and lower Zambezi, Pungwek, and Buzi systems.
African Waters, Limpopo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Pungwe (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Zambesi, Middle Zambesi (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Zambesi, Lower Zambesi (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Buzi (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Show it on a map (Click the map-icon to show/hide map of species distribution)
IUCN Red List StatusLeast Concern
pH6.7 - 7.6
Temperature22.5-25.0°C or 72.5-77°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersHigh oxygen levels. This fish greatly appreciates water movement and will always seek out the strongest currents in the aquarium.
Jump to next section Husbandry Information
FeedingLive and frozen foods. Specimens kept for sometime in captivity may eventually take small amounts of flake foods.
FurnitureOccurs in shallow rocky reaches, riffle, and rapids. Fry are found along submersed vegetation along the river's banks.
CompatibilityA peaceful fish.
Suggested TankmatesCool water cyprinids.
Jump to next section Further Information
ReferencesSkelton, P. 1993. A Complete Guide to the Freshwater Fishes of Southern Africa. Southern Book Publishers. 388 pp.
Ann. Transvaal Mus. v. 14 (pt 3) 248 Fig. 2
Registered KeepersNone.
Breeding ReportsNone.
Article - CotM 2012 January
More on Chiloglanis pretoriae
Look up AquaticRepublic.comLook up Chiloglanis pretoriae on
BBCode (use for links from the forum posts)
(permalink to this species)
Look up FishbaseLook up Chiloglanis pretoriae on Fishbase
Get or print a QR code for this species profile, or try our BETA label creator.
Hits4211 hits.
Last Update2013 Jul 19 17:44 (species record created: 2006 Dec 23 10:14)