in shallow rocky reaches, riffles and rapids of permanent
rivers. Has a wider altitudinal range than most species,
common where it occurs. Reproduction:
Breeds during summer, laying eggs between rocks and
in gravel. Oviparous. Is a useful indicator species
in river conservation studies. 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. Diet: Feeds
on aquatic insects such as mayfly nymphs and caddis
fly and blackfly larvae. In the aquarium, algae, fly
larvae foods, bloodworm, flake food.
Shortspine Rock Catlet
Incomati, Limpopo, middle and lower Zambezi, Pungwe
and Busi basins, southern Africa. Type locality:
Crocodile River, Pretoria District, Transvaal.
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