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Amphilius cryptobullatus Skelton, 1986

Image contributors to this species:

Hans van Heusden (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

Amphilius cryptobullatus is a demersal species. It differs from all other Amphilius species in the development and extreme large size of the bilateral bony swimbladder capsules (Skelton 1986). Diet: Mosquito larvae, Tubifex, Cyclops, Daphnia, grindal worms, vegetable food, tablet and flake. Aquarium Care: Can be kept in aquaria with a small grained gravel or sand substrate, and well planted. Remarks: The species shown was captured by the image contributor in the upper Kalungwishi River, Zambia. Note: Amphilius cryptobullatus is only from the Luongo River, Zambia. The other records of the Luapula region in Zambia are probably A. uranoscopous. This species is thus assumed to be restricted to the Luongo River.

Common Name:







Africa Luongo River, upper Congo River basin, Zambia. Type locality: Luongo River, Upper Zaire system, above and at Route 74 crossing, 10º11'S, 29º43'E, Zambia.


13.5.0cm. (5¼ins)


20-24°c (67-75°f.)




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Moelants, T. 2010. Amphilius cryptobullatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T182164A7820453. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-3.RLTS.T182164A7820453.en.
Skelton, P.H., 1993. A complete guide to the freshwater fishes of southern Africa. Southern Book Publishers. 388 p
Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2015.FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, ( 04/2016 )



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