Dorsal spines (total): 2; Dorsal soft rays (total):
7; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 7 - 8. Diagnosis:
caudal peduncle short and broad, its depth more than
2 times the horizontal distance between anal and adipose
fin bases, rarely even deeper; anterior edge of pectoral
spine coarsely serrated, with numerous small serrations,
more numerous than those along the posterior edge.
Barbels generally short: maxillary barbel reaching
a little beyond pectoral spine base, external mandibular
barbel not reaching tip of spine but up to level of
dorsal-fin spine, and inner mandibular barbel up to
beginning of opercula, but it should however be noted
that some juvenile specimens have slightly longer
barbels. Adipose fin not always high and solid; colour
pattern usually with 5-7 vertical bands. This genera,
which includes another 8 species are quite difficult
to identify, and on top of this juveniles can have
different markings and colouration to the adult versions.
First transferred into Parauchenoglanis by
Skelton in 1993. Habitat: Favours
rocky habitats or marginal vegetation in slow-flowing
rivers and lagoons, often taking shelter under trees.
Reproduction: Eggs are large and
relatively few, suggesting parental care, but no details
are known. 'Grunts' when taken out of the water. Aquarium
Care: Not a predator as such so should be
safe to house with smaller species. Peaceful catfish
which will do well in company of larger characins
from Africa and large Barbs. Diet:
In its natural habitat its diet consists of small
fishes and invertebrates like snails, shrimps and
insects. In the aquarium it will eat a variety of
foods. Tablet and pellet foods with a good quality
flake and frozen bloodworms. Also relishes live worms
such as the common garden worm, making sure that there
has been no weedkiller on the premises, and white
worm. Etymology: The specific name
of monkei is in honour of Dr. H. Monke, who collected
the type specimen.
River, Benin, to the Sanaga River, Cameroon. Also
present in the middle Congo River basin in Democratic
Republic of the Congo. Type locality:
In einem Kleinen Bache im Urwald 2 km südlich
von Logobaba (4º2'N, 9º45'Ö), Kamerun.
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W. Verraes, 2004. A systematic revision of
the African catfish genus Parauchenoglanis (Siluriformes:
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