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Channallabes apus (Günther, 1873)

Image contributors to this species:

Hippocampus Bildarchiv (3) amiidae (5) Christian Bode (2) Thomas Kobe (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Factsheet Etymology = Genus Etymology = Species

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

Aquarium care: Nocturnal and will need hiding places in the aquarium. Choose co-habitants carefully as they can be predatory. This is a nocturnal species and ideally should be housed in a dimly lit tank no less than 4ft long with hiding places and a soft substrate such as sand or small rounded gravel, as it likes to burrow into the substrate, so there should be no sharp edges there to scar its soft body parts. The last thumbnail image shows the perfect setup for the "Eel Catfish". They do like to socialise with their own so three or four specimens would get on well together. Diet: Tablet food, and any larger live foods such as earth worms, and frozen foods such as bloodworm.

Common Name:

Eel Catfish


Gymnallabes apus




Africa: Angola to Congo River Basin. Type locality: Interior of Ambriz, Angola.


30.5cm. (12¼ins)


22-25°C (71-77°F)




Baensch, H.A. and R. Riehl 1985 Aquarien atlas. Band 2. Mergus, Verlag für Natur- und Heimtierkunde GmbH, Melle, Germany. 1216 p.
ScotCat Factsheet no. 163. Jan. 2010.



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