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Scientific Name Amphilius lujani  Thomson & Page, 2015
Common Name
Type Locality Manafwa River at Bumwangu, Lake Kyogo drainage, Nile basin, Uganda, 00°56'26.2"N, 34°16'49.2"E.
Pronunciation ahm FILL ee us - loo HAN eye.
Etymology Amphilius: Not clear; probably from the Greek amphi, meaning both sides and leios, meaning smooth. lujani: Named for Nathan K. Lujan who collected the holotype and most paratypes of this species and who has made excellent contributions to our knowledge of freshwater fishes.
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Size 112mm or 4.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Most amphiliid species are found in fast-flowing water of clear, rocky streams at high elevations or rapids of large lowland rivers (Berra 2001; Roberts 2003).basins (Seegers et al. 2003). Species of Amphilius are adapted for fast flow and rocky habitats (Skelton 1986). Morphological adaptations for these habitats include expanded pectoral and pelvic fins with a thickened first ray, depressed body, dorsally directed eyes and reduced swim bladder (Skelton 1986; Walsh et al. 2000). The large pelvic fins form, in conjunction with the body, a feeble sucking disc that enables the fish to cling to rocks (Jackson 1961b).

Body variably mottled with five dark saddles all connected by a lateral broad stripe. Under is light brown. Dorsal and anal fins light brown with faint bands. Adipose fin brown to black with cream edge. Pectoral and pelvic fins upper surface cream with dark base and faint bands, lower light yellow.Caudal cream with dark marks on both lobes, asymmetrical, lower lobe mostly dark except cream at base and tip. Upper lobe less dark, dark blotch at dorsal edge, caudal base with cream patch and tip.
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Distribution Lake Kyogo drainage, western Uganda; Nzoia River, a northeastern tributary of Lake Victoria, and Lake Manyara basin, Tanzania.
African Waters, Nile, Upper Nile, Lake Kyoga (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Lake Manyara (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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Feeding The diet of Amphilius species has been reported to consist predominantly of benthic aquatic insects (Marriott et al. 1997; Skelton 2001; Walsh et al. 2000).
Breeding Unreported in the aquarium.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Zootaxa 3986 (no. 1), pp 81, Fig. 9.
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Last Update 2019 Oct 27 04:26 (species record created: 2015 Jul 17 12:44)