Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total):
0; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 8 - 11; Vertebrae:
38 - 42. Diagnosis: body elongate and cylindrical;
tooth patches narrow; vertically based pectoral fins
positioned at the body mid-depth; 8-11 anal-fin rays;
usually more than 17 gill rakers on first arch; 2
ventral unbranched and 7-8 branched caudal-fin rays;
8-11 pectoral-fin rays; caudal saddle and bar pattern
well developed in juveniles and young; caudal fin
darkly pigmented in adults; caudal saddle and bar
merged dorsally in specimens in which they are still
visible. Etymology: The specific
name is to honour the collector of the holotype, Melanie
L. J. Stiassny (American Museum of Natural History,
New York), who has raised an eloquent voice in conservation
matters. Remarks: There is uncertainty
about the status of this species and perhaps it is
the same as Malapterurus leonensis Roberts
2000. Doubtfully a synonym of Malapterurus leonensis
Roberts 2000 (Ferraris 2007). Current status:
Uncertain as Malapterurus leonensis Roberts
2000. Malapteruridae (Catalog of Fishes).
distributed in Upper Guinean basins east of the Fouta
Dialon uplands, from the Bofon River (Guinea) to the
St. Paul River (Liberia); also verified from the Cavally
23-30°C (73 -87°F)
2002. A revision of the African electric catfishes,
family Malapteruridae (Teleostei, Siluriformes), with
erection of a new genus and descriptions of fourteen
new species, and an annotated bibliography. Ann. Mus.
R. Afr. Centr., Sci. Zool., 289:155 p. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors.
2018.FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication.
www.fishbase.org, ( 06/2018 ).