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Doumea typica Sauvage, 1879

Image contributors to this species:

John P. Sullivan (1) Yann Fulliquet (2)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

These catfish are slim and elongated and possess bony projections (plates) that radiate from the vertabrae reaching all the way to the skin. The projections expand over the skins surface, forming a shield that in some species covers much of the body. They lack a swimbladder so they tend to avoid open waters. The 5 species in this genera prefer the upper courses of the rivers as they are rheophilic (an organism that prefers to live in fast moving water). D. typica is the type species for this genus and the holotype was collected in the Doumé Falls, Gabon, hence the genus name.

Common Name:







Africa: Congo River basin and coastal rivers from Cameroon to Congo. Type locality: Doumé (rivière Ogôoué).


13.0.cm (5¼ins)






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Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 1991. Catfish in the Aquarium. An introduction to Catfish Keeping and the Diversity of Catfish Forms and Behavior. Tetra Press.



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