This genus is the African equivalent
of the sucker mouth catfishes of South America and
has a sucking disc that helps them to cling on to
rocks in fast flowing rivers. Not an easy genus to
identify to species. Description:
Dorsal soft rays (total): 56; Vertebrae: 30 - 33 .
Aquarium Care: Good oxygenated water
from a power filter. Sand or gravel substrate with
smooth rocks or pebbles. Their dorsal and pectoral
fins are sharp and can cause wounds if not handled
carefully. Sexual Differences: Usually
in the form of a different shaped caudal fin. Diet:
Algae, fly larvae foods, bloodworm, flake food.
Cameroon, Central African Rep., Chad, Congo Dem Rep.,
Guinea, Mali, Niger, Nigeria. Type locality:
South Cameroon; Efulen and stream tributaries of the
Lobi River, 15 or 20 miles S. W. of Efulen.
Ferraris, C.J. Jr.,
2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628. Sands, David: Catfishes of the World
Volume 2 Mochokidae. Dunure Publications 1983.