Dorsal spines (total): 1; Anal spines: 0. Gill slits
not extending ventrally beyond pectoral-fin insertions;
post-orbital length at least 60% of snout length;
maxillary barbels longer than head, unbranched, without
tubercles and lacking a distinct basal membrane; outer
and inner mandibular barbels with numerous long and
simple ramifications; mandibular teeth numbering 19-28
(28 in the lectotype); denticulations of pectoral-fin
spines weaker and more dense on outer than on inner
margin; dorsal-fin spine smooth anteriorly, except
for a few apical denticles; humeral process twice
as long as deep, granulose, pointed and slightly keeled
ventrally; adipose fin well developed and distinctly
separated from rayed dorsal fin; sides covered with
big black ocellated spots (with a pale centre); no
black spot behind dorsal fin. Colouration:
Colour rather light; sides and adipose fin marked
with large black spots, sometimes with light centres
resembling eyespots (ocelli); presence of such ocelli
visible particularly in large individuals; adults
usually with small spots aligned on caudal fin; speckled
pattern extends unto all fins in young specimens,
fading subsequently with growth. Recognised by its
large adipose fin, large spots on the body and feathered
mandibular barbels. As they grow into adulthood they
will become deeper bodied and the spots will take
on a ring pattern. Aquarium Care:
Quite an easy species to keep in a larger aquarium.
Non aggressive. Diet: Will eat most
prepared aquarium foods including vegetables such
Various river basins from Senegal to Chad (Senegal,
Gambia, Volta, Chad, Niger basins); including
the Bénoué. Type locality:
Kunchow Creek, River Gambia.
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Mochokidae. p. 195-268 In C. Lévêque,
D. Paugy and G.G. Teugels (eds.) Faune des poissons
d'eaux douce et saumâtres de l'Afrique de l'Ouest,
Tome 2. Coll. Faune et Flore tropicales 40. Musée
Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Tervuren, Belgique, Museum
National d'Histoire Naturalle, Paris, France and Institut
de Recherche pour le Développement, Paris,
France. 815 p. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors.
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