Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Claroteidae
(Claroteid catfishes) > Claroteinae
Etymology: Lophiobagrus: Greek, lophos = crest + Mozarabic, bagre, Greek, pagros = a fish (Dentex sp.) (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal; pH range: 7.5 - 8.0; dH range: 15 - 25. Tropical; 23°C - 26°C (Ref. 2060); 3°S - 9°S
Africa: Lake Tanganyika.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4967)
Concealed mostly among rocks during daytime. Nocturnal habits prevail (Ref. 45232). Feed on chironomid larvae, beetle larvae and small crustaceans with occasional ingestion of vegetable material (Ref. 6868). Of no food value (Ref. 4967). Mucus is poisonous to other fishes (Ref. 4537).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Spawns in caves. Oviparous (Ref. 205). Previously thought that care of the eggs and young might be done by mouthbrooding solitary males (Ref. 45232); new findings describe the genus Lophiobagrus to be hiding its brood in caves (Ref. 89712).
Risch, L.M., 1986. Bagridae. p. 2-35. In J. Daget, J.-P. Gosse and D.F.E. Thys van den Audenaerde (eds.) Check-list of the freshwater fishes of Africa (CLOFFA). ISNB, Brussels; MRAC, Tervuren; and ORSTOM, Paris. Vol. 2. (Ref. 3236)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Fisheries: of potential interest; aquarium: potential
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5625 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00759 (0.00335 - 0.01717), b=3.04 (2.85 - 3.23), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.44 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .