Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 8 - 10; Vertebrae:
38 - 40, pectoral fin with sharply defined dark bar;
caudal saddle and bar pattern well developed; lateral
line extending to at least the level of the pelvic
fin base (usually further, most commonly 45-50% SL);
normally a single sensory pore between inner mental
barbels. Diet: a demersal species.
Besides plant matter (both intact and detrital), gut
content examination revealed unidentified worms, a
shrimp, insect larvae (colepteran and dipteran) and
various unidentified insect parts (Norris 2002).There are only three species in this genus:
P. caudivittatus Norris, 2002, P. cryptus,
Norris, 2002, & P. parvus, Norris, 2002.
Etymology: Paradoxoglanis: meaning
"Unexpected Catfish" is derived from the
Greek, combining glanis (catfish) with paradoxos
(strange contrary to expectation). Gender is masculine.
The main difference between the Malpterurus
genera and Paradoxoglanis is that the later
has an incomplete lateral line whereas Malpterurus
has a full lateral line throughout the full length
of its body.
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