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|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Amphilius laticaudatus Skelton, 1984|
|Common Names||Broadtail Mountain Catfish
Bredhalet Smerlingemalle (Denmark)
|Type Locality||Buzi River, at bridge on Inchopo to Lourenço Marques road, Mozambique, 19°55'S, 34°15'E.|
|Pronunciation||ahm FILL ee us|
|Etymology||Amphilius: Not clear; probably from the Greek amphi, meaning both sides and leios, meaning smooth.|
|Size||52mm or 2" 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).|
|Distribution||Africa: Buzi River system, Mozambique.
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|IUCN Red List Category||Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2007.|
|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||Annals of the Cape Provincial Museums (Natural History) v. 16 (no. 3), pp 61, Fig.|
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|Last Update||2017 Apr 05 09:29 (species record created: 2017 Apr 01 01:42)|