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Auchenoglanis wittei Giltay, 1930

Image contributors to this species:

Jerome Franz Traub (1) Russell Brian Tate (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus

Other Sources:

Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory  Catalog 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. This large growing species is still listed in Fishbase as a synonym of A. occidentalis but in the Catalog of Fishes it is recognised as a species in its own right. This species has medium, irregular-shaped spots in a reticulated pattern on the body of adults, and also a longer head, dark spot on the gill area and black barbels. This species is known from the central Congo River drainage.

Common Name:







Africa: Central River basin and Lualaba River. Type locality: Stanleyville.


80cm. (32ins)


23-27°C (73-81°F)




Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.
Catalog of Fishes; http://researcharchive.calacademy.org/research/ichthyology/catalog/fishcatmain.asp
Retzer, M. E. 2010 (25 Oct.) Taxonomy of Auchenoglanis Günther 1865 (Siluriformes: Auchenoglanididae). Zootaxa No. 2655: 26-51.



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