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Notoglanidium macrostoma (Pellegrin, 1909)

Image contributors to this species:

Hippocampus Bildarchiv (3) Johnny Jensen's Photographic Library (2) Serge Mevellec (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Factsheet Etymology = Species

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory Wikipedia  Catalog of Fishes

Relevant Information:

This species, is the smaller of three from the same African genus of C Teugels, Risch, De Vos & Thys, 1991. The other two being Anaspidoglanis akiri (Risch 1987) and Anaspidoglanis boutchangai (Thys van den Audenaerde 1965). It was a member of the African-Asian Bagridae family until 1991 when Mo split it up and constructed a new family, Claroteidae, which is closely related to the Bagrids. Aquarium care: This African bagrid is a night time predator so tank mates would need to be at least over 3 ins (7cm) to escape its clutches. Tank mates could include the larger African Characins such as the Congo Tetras ( Phenacogrammus interruptus) and the larger American Characins such as from the Distichodus genera. Larger Barbs like the Tinfoil Barb (Barbus schwanefeldi) could be a good choice. Alternately, you could house one in a cichlid community as long as it is not a Rift Valley set-up as the higher p.H. may prove a bit too high over a long period of time. Try to keep less bottom dwellers with a Dwarf Giraffe Catfish as they are quite territorial and need their own hiding niche such as a rock/slate shelter so it can rest up during the day. Remarks: This species has now been put into a new genus, Notoglanidium, from the former Anaspidoglanis. On the internet, Fishbase still has it listed as Anaspidoglanis but The Catalog of Fishes has it now named to the new genera.

Common Name:

Dwarf Giraffe Catfish


Parauchenoglanis macrostoma, Auchenoglanis macrostoma, Parauchenoglanis ansorgei, Parauchenoglanis ansorgii, Anaspidoglanis macrostoma


Claroteidae blycipitidae


Africa: S. Cameroon, Gabon, and Congo River system. Type locality: Ngomo (Ogôoué) [Gabon].


24cm. (9ins)


23-27°C (73-81°F)




ScotCat Factsheet no. 92. Feb. 2004.
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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