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|Scientific Name||Amphilius ruziziensis Thomson & Page, 2015|
|Type Locality||Lufiro River, upper reaches of Matchuza, Ruzizi River drainage, ca. 2°44'00"S, 29°02'99"E, Rwanda.|
|Pronunciation||ahm FILL ee us|
|Etymology||Amphilius: Not clear; probably from the Greek amphi, meaning both sides and leios, meaning smooth. Named for the Ruzizi River drainage in eastern Rwanda and Burundi, where type specimens of this species were collected and the species is primarily distributed.|
|Size||120mm or 4.7" 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 connected by broad stripe laterally.Light brown under, anal fins brown with dark band. Adipose fin dark brown with cream interspersed.Pectoral and pelvic fins upper brown with cream edges, under light yellow. Caudal fin cream with dark band.
|Distribution||Ruzizi River drainage, Rwanda & Burundi; western Democratic Republic of the Congo and northeastern tributaries of Lake Tanganyika in Burundi.
African Waters, Western Rift Valley Lakes, Tanganyika, Ruzizi (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.|
|Reference||Zootaxa 3986 (no. 1), pp 68, Fig. 4.|
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|Last Update||2019 Oct 27 04:26 (species record created: 2015 Jul 17 21:31)|