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Amphilius atesuensis Boulenger, 1904

Image contributors to this species:

Hippocampus Bildarchiv (4) Karsten Mody (2)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search All Catfish Species Inventory


Relevant Information:

This species and probably most of this genera can be easily misidentified and the thumbnails may be this species or closely related species such as A. platychir or A.uranoscopus. They are all more or less the same when keeping them in our aquaria. Water would need to be kept on the cool side for this genera as they inhabit flowing waters in their natural habitat. Not imported very often but would make good aquarium additions if kept in optimum conditions. Diet: Mosquito larvae, Tubifex, Cyclops, Daphnia, grindal worms, vegetable food, tablet and flake. Aquarium Care: Can be kept in small aquaria with a small grained gravel or sand substrate, and well planted. Remarks: The last two thumbnail images were photographed by the image contributor in the Côte d'Ivoire Tai National Park in the south west of Côte d'Ivoire close to the border with Liberia.

Common Name:

Tadpole Catfish


Amphilius platychir, Amphilius pictus 




Africa: Gbin River, Guinea, and Pra River, from Sierra Leone to Ghana. Type locality: Atesu River, Gold Coast.


6.0cm. (2½ins)


18-22°c (63-71°f.)




Baensch, H.A. and R. Riehl 1991 Aquarien atlas. Bd. 3. Melle: Mergus, Verlag für Natur- und Heimtierkunde, Germany. 1104 p.
Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628



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