Parauchenoglanis punctatus (Boulenger, 1902)
photo by Geerinckx, T.

Family:  Claroteidae (Claroteid catfishes), subfamily: Auchenoglanidinae
Max. size:  41 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; freshwater,
Distribution:  Africa: Benito River (Equatorial Guinea), OgoouĂ© basin (Gabon) and lower and middle Congo River basin, including Pool Malebo (Ref. 50834, 74661) and up to the Wagenia Falls (Ref. 106245).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 2-2. Diagnosis: caudal peduncle short and deep, its depth twice as large as the horizontal distance between the adipose and caudal fin bases and in some specimens even deeper; anterior edge of pectoral spine fully serrate with serrations that are smaller but more numerous than those along posterior edge of spine; barbels very long, e.g. external mandibular barbel reaching beyond tip of pectoral spine, maxillary barbel reaching at least to pectoral spine base; adipose fin always high and solid; typical colour pattern consisting of 6-10 (11) vertical rows of black dots (Ref. 81642). Description: head and body moderately deep and elevated; head depth greater than (rarely equal to) preorbital length; adipose fin solid and higher than in other species (except for some adults of P. altipinnis).(Ref. 81642). Coloration: preserved specimens: brown, with head usually darker than rest of body; flanks with 6-10 (11) vertical series of black or dark brown spots, these spots smaller than eyes, discrete and not merged together; ventrum pale yellow or creamy white; fins may or may not be spotted (Ref. 81642).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 16 February 2009 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 13.04.94
Modified by: Musschoot, Tobias - 09.08.17

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