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Gymnallabes typus Günther, 1867

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Hippocampus Bildarchiv (1) Frants Lehmann (1 stamp)

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Relevant Information:

Very eel-like with small eyes and a bulbous head. Aquarium Care: Not a problem as long as you provide hiding places such as pipe work etc. Will be out during the day looking for food. Will not attack other fish in the aquarium. Diet: insect larvae, frozen and tablet foods.

Common Name:

Fatheaded Eel Catfish


Gymnallabes typus heterocercalis, Clariallabes longicaudatus


Clariidae  blycipitidae


Africa: Niger River to Cameroon. Type locality: West Africa, probably Old Calabar.


23cm. TL (9ins)


23-26°C (73-79°F)




Seegers, L. 2008 The catfishes of Africa. A handbook for identification and maintenance. Aqualog Verlag A.C.S. GmbH, Germany. 604 p.
Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.



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