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Atopochilus christyi Boulenger, 1920

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Nathan Cook (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

Atopochilus chrysti is known from Pool Malebo (Stanley Pool), Luebo, the Yangambi region, Kisangani and the Tshopo River, Central Congo River basin. It is a demersal species and is oviparous with distinct pairing during breeding (Breder and Rosen 1966). This genus is similar looking to the Chiloglanis genera but grows larger with a large sucking disc which they can graze algae and Aufwuchs from the substrate and rocks. Aquarium Care: This species has not been exported very often in the trade but you can keep as Chiloglanis but in larger tanks with good oxygenated water from a power filter. Sand or gravel substrate with smooth rocks or pebbles. Diet: Algae, cucumber, fly larvae foods, bloodworm and flake food. Remarks: similar looking to A. vogti. A. christyi may grow larger than the stated S.L. size of 9.5cm.

Common Name:



Euchilichthys christyi




Africa: Congo River basin, central Africa. Type locality: Stanley-Falls, ... d’Avakubi sur l’Ituri.


9.5cm. (3¾ins)


20-26°C (67-79°F)




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Moelants, T. 2010. Atopochilus christyi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T182460A7891000. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-3.RLTS.T182460A7891000.en (least concern 2009).
Seegers, L. 2008 The catfishes of Africa. A handbook for identification and maintenance. Aqualog Verlag A.C.S. GmbH, Germany. 604 p.
Grant, Steven. Identification of species. pers. comm. 2019.



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