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Scientific NameAmphilius frieli  Thomson & Page, 2015
Common Name
Type LocalityZambia, Tswishi Stream at bridge under construction, Lwela River system,11°33'26”S, 29°09'59''E.
Pronunciationahm FILL ee us
EtymologyAmphilius: Not clear; probably from the Greek amphi, meaning both sides and leios, meaning smooth. Named for John P. Friel in recognition of his excellent contributions to the study of African fishes.
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Size 136mm or 5.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationMost 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 which are connected by a broad stripe laterally. Under is light brown. Dorsal and adipose fins light brown with dark band.Adipose fin dark brown to black with cream edges.Pectoral and pelvic fins upper surface cream with dark at base and dark band, lower surface light yellow. Caudal cream color with dark on both lobes, asymmetrical , lower lobe almost all dark with cream mark at base and tip. Upper lobe with dark blotch at dorsal edge but large cream patchat base and cream tip.
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DistributionUpper Congo River basin upstream of Kabalp, Democratic Republic of the Congo including tributaries of the Upper Congo mainstem, the Lufira River drainage, and the Kafubu, Chambeshi, Lwela, and Luongo River systems of the Luapula River drainage.
African Waters, Congo, Upper Congo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Congo, Upper Congo, Lualaba, Lufira (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Congo, Upper Congo, Chambeshi (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Congo, Luongo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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FeedingThe diet of Amphilius species has been reported to consist predominantly of benthic aquatic insects (Marriott et al. 1997; Skelton 2001; Walsh et al. 2000).
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ReferencesZootaxa 3986 (1): 061–087.
Registered KeepersNone.
Breeding ReportsNone.
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Last Update2015 Jul 25 12:30 (species record created: 2015 Jul 17 21:34)