Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total):
0; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 51 - 68. Adipose
fin present; inner side of pectoral spine feebly serrated,
with small to very small serrations; 51-68 soft anal
fin rays; vomerine teeth usually absent. As with all
Parailia, has four pairs of barbels and likes
to be kept in a group in the aquarium. Colouration:
The defining character of this species is a dark spot
at the caudal peduncle and there is a dark band running
from the head to the caudal peduncle. Habitat:
Confined to large and moderate rivers; sometimes penetrates
into estuaries; gregarious schooling species, such
schools probably an important prey for several larger
carnivorous species. As well as living in the rivers
this species may venture into brackish waters of the
estuaries. Reproduction: Oviparous,
eggs are unguarded.
Dusky African glass catfish
Physailia pellucida, Ailia
occidentalis, Physailia occidentalis , P. ansorgii,
P.ansorgi, Physailia villiersi
Ogowe, Congo, Quanza, Luculla, Chiloango Rivers. Type
locality: Cap Lopez, French Congo.
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p.113-364. In L. De Vos. A systematic revision of
the African Schilbeidae (Teleostei, Siluriformes)
with an annotated bibliography, Chapter 3. Ann. Mus.
R. Afr. Centr. Zool. vol. 271. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors.
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