Anal-9. No rayed dorsal fin, adipose fin short, pectorals
without spines, caudal rounded. Head and body rounded
and fleshy, mouth terminal, teeth fine, in broad bands
on both jaws, 3 pairs barbels, outer mandibulars longest,
reaching base of pectorals, gill slits short, restricted
to sides. Colouration: Body
grey to to brown above with a white underside. Numerous
black spots and blotches along the body, denser on
posterior half. Caudal fin dark at base margined with
orange or red, anal fin similarly coloured. Ventral
and pectoral fins yellowish to red. Young specimens
differ from adults - the body being flesh coloured
with very few black spots and having a light ring
around the caudal peduncle and a vertical black bar
at the base of the caudal fin. Aquarium Care:
Not to be trusted when adult so will need to be kept
on its own. Juveniles can be kept together but would
need to be monitered when growing. Diet:
In their natural habitat they feed on fishes that
are stunned by their electrical charges so adults
would need to be fed live fish. If bought as juveniles
you may be able to wean them on to worm food such
as garden worms, frozen bloodworm, shrimp, krill and
small pieces of fish or meat. The urge to overfeed
must be avoided as they can get quite gluttonous.
They could also be trained to take tablet food. It
is a matter of trial and error in different individuals.
and tropical Africa (except Lake Victoria and rivers
of East Africa north of the Zambezi), Lake Tanganyika
and probably Malagarazi, Fernando Poo Island. Also
known from the lower and middle Zambezi, Pungwe, lower
Save, and throughout the Congo system.
2002. A revision of the African electric catfishes,
family Malapteruridae (Teleostei, Siluriformes), with
erection of a new genus and descriptions of fourteen
new species, and an annotated bibliography. Ann. Mus.
R. Afr. Centr., Sci. Zool., 289:155 p. ScotCat
130. April 2007.