Its flesh is reported to be
quite good and they are fished out of Lake Togo using
all types of capture methods including nets and weirs.
The last two thumbnail images represent a capture
by the image contributor in the Ogooue-Ivindo, Gabon.
Habitat: Occurs in shallow waters
of lakes (less than 4m), over mud and fine sand bottom.
Reproduction: The males when fully
grown usually have a broader head which they use to
dig out their breeding nests in their native habitat.
Aquarium Care: Peaceful as youngsters
but not to be trusted as they grow with smaller fish.
Should do all right with larger fish such as Cichlids
and the larger Barbs such as the 'Tinfoil', Barbonymus
schwanenfeldii. Diet: Omnivorous,
feeds on seeds, insects, bivalves and detritus. Feeding
becomes specialized with age and size, larger fish
may feed on decapods and fish. It is basically a food
fish in its native African waters where it can grow
to excess of 50cm (18").
Arius acutivelis, Melanodactylus nigrodigitatus, Chrysichthys
acutirostris, C. büttkoferi, C.ogowensis, C.macrops,
C. coriscanus, C.lagoensis.