Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 8 - 10; Vertebrae:
38 - 40, pectoral fin with sharply defined dark bar;
caudal saddle and bar pattern well developed; lateral
line extending to at least the level of the pelvic
fin base (usually further, most commonly 45-50% SL);
normally a single sensory pore between inner mental
barbels. Diet: a demersal species.
Besides plant matter (both intact and detrital), gut
content examination revealed unidentified worms, a
shrimp, insect larvae (colepteran and dipteran) and
various unidentified insect parts (Norris 2002).There are only three species in this genus:
P. caudivittatus Norris, 2002, P. cryptus,
Norris, 2002, & P. parvus, Norris, 2002.
Etymology: Paradoxoglanis: meaning
"Unexpected Catfish" is derived from the
Greek, combining glanis (catfish) with paradoxos
(strange contrary to expectation). Gender is masculine.
Remarks: The main difference between
the Malpterurus genera and Paradoxoglanis
is that the later has an incomplete lateral line whereas
Malpterurus has a full lateral line throughout
the full length of its body.
and Lukenie River systems. Congo basin.
12.5cm. SL (5ins)
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