Lives on sub-littoral zones with rocky habitat between
10–120 m. One of the largest species in Lake
Tanganyika which tells you that this is not really
an aquarium fish as it grows too big, but in captivity
it is reported that it should attain half the size
of this species in its natural habitat. Reproduction:
Nothing known about reproduction, but reproduction
probably occurs in coastal rather than deep water.
Diet: Omnivorous, with a preference
for fish. Migrates from the bottom at night to feed
on clupeids near the surface. Remarks:
In the IUCN Red List it is classed as 'near threatened'and
it states that endemic to Lake Tanganyika where it
is limited to the littoral zone it is heavily exploited
by fisheries with strong indications of significant
decline due to overfishing. More information is required
to confirm this decline.
Lake Tanganyika. Type locality: Mpala,
175cm. (5ft 10ins)
2008 The catfishes of Africa. A handbook for identification
and maintenance. Aqualog Verlag A.C.S. GmbH, Germany.
604 p. Dinotopterus cunningtoni
Boulenger, 1906 collected in Zambia by South African
Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity.