The fins are large hence the specific name (macropterus)
with the spines of the dorsal and pectoral fins being
very long. Colouration: The body
colour is dark brown with two lighter spots across
the dorsum, one of them between the dorsal and adipose
fin and the second behind the adipose fin. There are
two light spots on the top and bottom lobes of the
caudal fin. Habitat: Chiloglanis
macropterus is only known from the Luongo River,
Upper Congo River basin, Zambia. Dams for hydroelectricity
diverts the water from the mainstream and water withdrawal
for agriculture also has an influence on water level
of the streams. These factors could pose threats to
the species. It is known from fewer than five locations.
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:
In the aquarium feed algae foods, fly larvae foods,
bloodworm, and flake food.
Luongo River (Luapula tributary, upper Congo River
basin), Zambia. Type locality: Luongo
River, at ferry crossing, 53 km. S. of Kawambwa, Zambia.
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