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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. 
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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).
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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.
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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 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)