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Chiloglanis anoterus Crass, 1960

Image contributors to this species:

Andrew Deacon (1) Russell Brian Tate (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

The common name of the "Pennant-tailed suckermouth" pertains to the shape of the males caudal fin while the females are forked. Found in upper catchments in fast flows of rocky habitats. Typically in the fastest and often shallowest riffles. A few populations in Mpumalanga are known from low-veld sections of the Sabie and Incomati Rivers. 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: Algae, fly larvae foods, bloodworm, flake food.

Common Name:

Pennant-tailed suckermouth






Africa: Endemic to the escarpment streams of the Pongolo and Incomati River systems. Type locality: Upper Pivaan River (Pongola River system), altitude 4600 ft. (30º28'E, 27º30'S), Natal.


9.0cm. (3½ins)


23-26°C (73-79°F)




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Seegers, L. 2008 The catfishes of Africa. A handbook for identification and maintenance. Aqualog Verlag A.C.S. GmbH, Germany. 604 p.
Engelbrecht, J., Bills, R. & Cambray, J. 2007. Chiloglanis anoterus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2007: e.T63365A12663178. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2007.RLTS.T63365A12663178.en
Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2017.FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, ( 02/2017 )



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