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Chrysichthys punctatus (Boulenger, 1899)

Image contributors to this species:

Serge Mevellec (2)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus Etymology = species

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

A small member of this genus which should be a good addition to an African tank setup. Aquarium Care: As with most of this genera it cannot to be trusted with smaller tank mates. Would do better with larger African Tetras or Cichlids. Give it a choice of hiding places to make it feel more comfortable in its surroundings as it can be nocturnal. Diet: Will eat most aquarium fare. Captured specimens stomachs contained mainly plant matter, and insect larvae.

Common Name:

Spiny catfish


Amarginops punctatus




Africa: Congo River system below Stanley Falls. Type locality: Stanley Pool and Kutu


15.5cm. (6¼ins)


20-25°C (67-77°F)




Seegers, L. 2008 The catfishes of Africa. A handbook for identification and maintenance. Aqualog Verlag A.C.S. GmbH, Germany. 604 p.
Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2011. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version
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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