Dorsal spines (total): 1; Dorsal soft rays (total):
3-4; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 50. Diagnosis:
two pairs of mandibular barbels; adipose fin small;
dorsal fin with only 3-4 soft branched rays; at least
50 branched anal fin rays; 13-15 gill rakers on lower
part of anterior branchial arch. Habitat:
Inhabits flowing rivers. Reproduction:
Oviparous, distinct pairing. Eggs are unguarded. Aquarium
Care: You will need to purchase at least
6 of this species as they are a schooling fish and
need their own company. If you only buy one or two
they will hide and waste away, but apart from that
they are easy to keep and seem to live for a considerable
length of time if given a spacious tank with a good
water current and the undertaking of water changes
when needed. As with the rest of the genus it swims
with its tail down in a tank with dither fish like
small characins or barbs. Diet: Feeds
at least partly on aquatic and terrestrial insects.
In the aquarium feed live or frozen bloodworms, Daphnia
and mosquito larvae. Will take its food from midwater
and is not keen on eating from the substrate.
Eastward flowing rivers north of the Ruvuma, Lake
Chiuta, Ruvuma system, Lake Chilwa. Type locality:
Baensch, H.A. and R.
Riehl 1995 Aquarien Atlas. Band 4. Mergus
Verlag GmbH, Verlag für Natur- und Heimtierkunde,
Melle, Germany. 864 p. De Vos, L., 1995. Results of a systematic
revision of African schilbeids at the species level.
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. Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist
of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes),
and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa
1418:1-628. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors.
2021. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication.
www.fishbase.org, ( 08/2021 ).