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Auchenoglanis acuticeps Pappenheim, 1914

Image contributors to this species:

Johnny Jensen's Photographic Library (2) Allan James (3)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory  Catolog of Fishes

Relevant Information:

Teugels et al. (1991) considered the genus Auchenoglanis to be comprised of two valid species: A. biscutatus and A. occidentalis. Due to the work carried out recently (2010) by Michael Retzer there are now 8 in this genus with six new species, A. acuticeps, A. biscutatus, A. occidentalis, A. sacchii, A. senegali, A. tanganicanus, A. tchadiensis and A. wittei. The main description for A.acuticeps is that it has small round spots in a regular pattern on the body, adipose fin, caudal and dorsal fin. This species was once thought of as A.occidentalis but the original description of this species differs greatly from A. acuticeps. Aquarium Care: It is very tolerant to most water parameters and as such you can keep it in a low p.H. (6.5) with larger Characins or Barbs or even in a Lake Tanganyika setup with Cichlids from that lake in harder water, but my choice would be to stick with the former soft and acidic conditions for a more contented individual(s). Remarks: Fishbase has still to ratify these changes (see Fishbsase link) but Catolog of Fishes has done so. 

Common Name:

Lake Albert Giraffe Catfish




Claroteidae blycipitidae


Africa: Lake Albert to the lower Nile.


49cm. (19½ins)


21-25°C (69-77°F)




Retzer, ME (2010) Taxonomy of Auchenoglanis Günther 1865 (Siluriformes: Auchenoglanididae). Zootaxa 2655, pp. 25–51.



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