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Chiloglanis pretoriae Van Der Horst, 1931

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Christian Fry (1)

ScotCat Sources:

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Relevant Information:

Found in shallow rocky reaches, riffles and rapids of permanent rivers. Has a wider altitudinal range than most species, common where it occurs. Feeds on aquatic insects such as mayfly nymphs and caddis fly and blackfly larvae. 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: Algae, fly larvae foods, bloodworm, flake food. Remarks: Oviparous. Lays eggs between rocks and in gravel. Distinct pairing during breeding.

Common Name:

Shortspine Rock Catlet


Chiloglanis pumilus




Africa: Incomati, Limpopo, middle and lower Zambezi, Pungwe and Busi basins, southern Africa. Type locality: Crocodile River, Pretoria District, Transvaal.


6.5cm. (2½ins)


20-25°C (67-77°F)




Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.
Skelton, P.H., 1993. A complete guide to the freshwater fishes of southern Africa. Southern Book Publishers. 388 p.
Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2018.FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, ( 06/2018 )



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