Mucus is poisonous to other
fishes. It was first collected in Lake Tanganyika
by A. Lestrade in 1937 and named by Max Poll in 1947
as Lophiobagrus lestradei, Worthington &
Ricardo 1937. This was later found out to be a junior
synonym and renamed Lophiobagrus cyclurus by
Poll again in 1952. There was also an unidentified
collection in 1955 in M'Toto, rocky, Lake Tanganyika
which was named Chrysichthys cyclurus but again
this was the same fish that was collected by Lestrade
in 1937. As the first collection was the correct fish
but was named for the wrong species, the authors which
the fish were named after, was put into parentheses.
Habitat: Concealed mostly among rocks
during daytime. Nocturnal habits prevail. Aquarium
Care: They will certainly eat smaller fish
in the aquarium as most Bagrid-type catfish will do.
A Lake Tanganyika or Lake Malawi setup being the best
bet with either Cichlids from these lakes or with
other similar sized alkaline loving species such as
the Lake Syno's. Diet: In Lake Tanganyika
it feeds on chironomid larvae, beetle larva, and small
crustaceans with the occasional vegetable matter mixed
in. In the aquarium they will feed on any meaty foods,
frozen or freeze-dried.
African bullhead, Tanganyika
Froese, R. and D. Pauly.
Editors. 2009. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic
publication. www.fishbase.org, version (10/2009). ScotCat
72. June 2002.