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Dinotopterus cunningtoni  Boulenger, 1906

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ScotCat Sources:

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Relevant Information:

Lives on sub-littoral zones with rocky habitat between 10–120 m. Omnivorous, with a preference for fish. Migrates from the bottom at night to feed on clupeids near the surface. Nothing known about reproduction, but reproduction probably occurs in coastal rather than deep water. 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. 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.

Common Name:





Clariidae  blycipitidae


Africa: Lake Tanganyika. Type locality: Mpala, Lake Tanganyika


175cm. (5ft 10ins)


22-25°C (71-77°F)




Seegers, L. 2008 The catfishes of Africa. A handbook for identification and maintenance. Aqualog Verlag A.C.S. GmbH, Germany. 604 p.



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