Paramphilius trichomycteroides Pellegrin, 1907
photo by Palmer, R.

Family:  Amphiliidae (Loach catfishes), subfamily: Amphiliinae
Max. size:  5.3 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; freshwater,
Distribution:  Africa: upper course of the Bafing (Senegal basin) and from the basins of the Konkour√©, Corubal and Little Scarcies in the Fouta Djalon region of Guinea; also reported from Sierra Leone and one specimen collected in the River Loffa (Southeastern Guinea)(Ref. 57128).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): -0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7; Anal spines: -0; Anal soft rays: 9-13. Diagnosis: body elongate and cylindrical, its depth comprised 6 or 7 times in standard length; head short and deep, its length over 5 times in standard length; dorsal-fin origin usually more or less above pelvic-fin insertions; caudal peduncle length 1.5-2 times its depth; anal fin with 7 or more branched rays; caudal fin with 7 + 8 principal rays (Ref. 57128). Description: eyes very small and wide-spaced, positioned relatively far forwards on head; mouth broad and terminal, lips moderately fleshy; barbels long and filamentous, usually reaching to pectoral-fin bases; branchiostegal membrane divided by a deep ventral notch; postorbital part of head soft and fleshy, the lower-jaw muscles running before and behind eyes to their insertion points on top of head; these muscles become broader and swollen in mature males; dorsal, pectoral and pelvic fins short and rounded, their anterior simple ray short and flexible; anal fin rather long, with 8-10 branched rays; adipose fin long, low and confluent with caudal fin; lateral line interrupted (Ref. 57128). Coloration: upper parts of body uniformly dark brown, with lighter areas on belly; eyes appearing as 2 small black spots (Ref. 57128).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 09 November 2019 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 16.04.94
Modified by: Musschoot, Tobias - 29.09.14
Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 22.08.94

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