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Scientific Name Malapterurus electricus  (Gmelin, 1789)
Common Names Electric Catfish
Elektrisk Mal (Sweden), Elektrisk Malle (Denmark), Elmalle (Denmark), Zitterwels (Germany)
Type Locality Nile River at Banhā, Egypt, 30°28'N 31°11'E.
Synonym(s) Silurus electricus
Pronunciation mah lah TERR oo russ - ell eck trick uss
Etymology Malapterurus: From the Greek malakos, meaning soft, pteron, meaning fin and oura, meaning tail; presumably in reference to the adipose fin, which appears all the more prominent in the absence of the rayed dorsal fin. 
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Size 900mm or 35.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Sexing Males are more slender.
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Distribution Central Africa North of the River Zambezi - Found in the Nile, Niger, Volta and Lakes Chad & Tanganyika
African Waters, Nile (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Nigeria Waters, Niger (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Volta (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Western Rift Valley Lakes, Tanganyika (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Chad (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Nigeria Waters, Agulu (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Least Concern
pH 6.5 - 8.2
Temperature 23.0-30.0°C or 73.4-86°F (Show species within this range)
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Feeding Live fish, earthworms (bloodworm for smaller fish), chopped meat or seafood. Care must be taken not to overfeed as this fishes is a real glutton.
Furniture A dimly lit tank with a suitably sized retreat - appears to prefer stone over wood.
Compatibility A loner, adult fish must be kept alone.
Suggested Tankmates None, for reasons that should be obvious!
Breeding Unknown although it is reported that (a) the fish spawn in burrows and (b) that they may be mouthbrooders.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Caroli a Linné ... Systema Naturae per regna tria naturae v. 1 (pt 3), pp 1354.
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Last Update 2019 Sep 14 05:13 (species record created: 2001 Apr 20 00:00)