Several undetermined Chiloglanis
populations from East and Central as well as
South Africa have been assigned to this species, although
it is only inadequately known. Habitat:
Common in the cool waters of mountain streams. 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.
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:
Feeds on the biocover of rocks and grazes on algae.
In the aquarium feed algae, fly larvae foods, bloodworm,
and flake food.
Limpopo River system, Cunene, Kafue, Zambezi, Kiavango,
and upper Congo Rivers, Lakes Malawi and Kariba. Type
locality: Upper Bubu River, Masailand.
Ferraris, C.J. Jr.,
2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628. Froese, R. and D. Pauly.
Editors. 2009. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic
publication. www.fishbase.org, version (09/2009).
Sands, David: Catfishes of the World
Volume 2 Mochokidae.Dunure Publications 1983.