This genera, which includes
another 8 species are quite difficult to identify,
and on top of this juveniles can have different markings
and colouration to the adult versions. First transferred
into Parauchenoglanis by Skelton in 1993.
Description: Dorsal spines (total): 2. Diagnosis:
caudal peduncle relatively long, with minimal depth
as large as horizontal distance between adipose and
caudal fin bases, or in a few cases almost twice as
large as the horizontal distance between the adipose
and caudal fin base (never twice as large); pectoral
spine almost completely smooth on its anterior margin;
preorbital head length less than maximum head depth;
Colouration: Pattern on flanks faint
and not clearly demarcated, often with 1 horizontal
row of round spots on flanks; adipose fin mostly very
well-developed (height 5-8% SL), dorsal fin high (19-30%
SL), head deep (head depth 79-97% head width).
Habitat: This species is present in parts
of Cameroon, Gabon and Congo Brazzaville and has been
found in the basins of the Congo (Dja tributary),
Nyong, Ogowe and Chiloango Rivers. Aquarium
Care: Grows quite large but not a predator
as such so should be safe to house with smaller species.
Best suited to the larger aquarium. Peaceful large
catfish which will do well in company of larger characins
from Africa and large Barbs. At present (2022) there
is no known record of any importations. Diet:
In its natural habitat its diet consists of small
fishes and invertebrates like snails, shrimps and
Highfin Spotted Catfish
Nyong, Ogowe and Chiloango River basins. Type
locality: Ja River at Esamesa, Cameroon.
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(Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform
primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors.
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W. Verraes, 2004. A systematic revision of
the African catfish genus Parauchenoglanis (Siluriformes:
Claroteidae). J. Nat. Hist. 38:775-803. Geerinckx, T., L. Risch, E.J. Vreven, D. Adriaens
and G.G. Teugels, 2007. Claroteidae. p. 587-629.
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