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. Habitat: Prefers
fast-flowing upper reaches of rivers with rocks and
small boulders. Also found in residual pools. Reproduction:
Oviparous. Probably spawns more than once per year.
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:
Mouth and dentition suggest that it is a bottom feeder
and algal grazer. In the aquarium feed algae, fly
larvae foods, bloodworm, and flake food.
Westward flowing Kenya rivers affluent to Lake Victoria.
Type locality: Waroya River, Nyanza
Province, Kenya; at 34º30'E, 0º10'N.
Froese, R. and D. Pauly.
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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.