Amphilius uranoscopus (Pfeffer, 1889)
Stargazer mountain catfish
Amphilius uranoscopus
photo by Seegers, L.

Family:  Amphiliidae (Loach catfishes), subfamily: Amphiliinae
Max. size:  19.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; freshwater
Distribution:  Africa: widespread in Central and East Africa (Ref. 7248, 94654) up to the Mkuze system in South Africa (Ref. 7248). Also in the upper Congo drainage as well as the Zambezi and Okavango, and west to Angola (Ref. 87869). Possibly absent from the upper Little Ruaha and Malawi drainage in Tanzania, and from the northern Malagarasi where this species may be replaced by A. kivuensis (Ref. 78218).
Biology:  Prefers clear, flowing water in rocky habitats. Feeds on stream insects and other small organisms off rock surfaces. Breeds in summer. Juveniles are easily mistaken for tadpoles. Preyed upon by trout and probably eels (Ref. 7248).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 20 July 2018 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 16.04.94
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 18.07.13
Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 16.08.94

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