This genera, which includes another 8 species are
quite difficult to identify, and on top of this juveniles
can have different markings and colouration to the
adult versions. P. balayi is quit a slim
species and its caudal peduncle is also more slender
than conspecifics. Dorsal spines
(total): 2. Diagnosis: caudal peduncle relatively
long, its depth a little larger than horizontal distance
between the base of adipose and caudal fins (but almost
never twice as great); pectoral spine smooth on its
anterior margin, except for a few serrations near
the tip; preorbital head length less than maximum
head depth; color pattern on flank strongly marked
in most cases; adipose fin height 3-7% SL, dorsal
fin height 15-25% (28%) SL), head depth 56-88% head
width; barbels relatively short, e.g. external mandibular
barbel usually shorter than 1.3 times HL, never reaching
beyond tip of pectoral spine. Colouration:
This species is variable in colouration and markings.
Aquarium Care: Grows quite large
but not a predator as such so should be safe to house
with smaller species. Best suited to the larger aquarium.
Peaceful large catfish which will do well in company
of larger characins from Africa and large Barbs. Diet:
Will eat a variety of foods. Tablet and pellet foods
with a good quality flake and frozen bloodworms. Also
relishes live worms such as the common garden worm,
making sure that there has been no weedkiller on the
premises, and white worm.
systems in South Cameroon, Gabon and Democratic Republic
of the Congo. Type locality:
Lopé [Ogôoué River].
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