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  • Congoglanis alula
  • Congoglanis alula
  • Congoglanis alula
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Scientific Name Congoglanis alula  (Nichols & Griscom, 1917)
Common Name
Type Locality Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Synonym(s) Doumea alula
Etymology The region of the "Congo" and glanis meaning catfish. 
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Size 141mm or 5.6" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification The caudal peduncle is short and compressed in Congoglanis in relation to other members of the Amphiliidae, depth is greater than its width, there are no scutes that show through the surface of the skin.

Body coloration generally dark, with variably distinct lighter regions on overall dark brown body.
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Distribution Congo River basin, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Central African Republic, and possibly to Angola.
African Waters, Congo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Congo, Luongo (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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Furniture John Friel (pers. comm., 12 January 2011) noted that Congoglanis alula and C. sagitta, new species, were ‘‘typically found in the fastest flowing portions of rivers and are always associated with large rocks. They appear to congregate underneath rocks near where water breaks over the rocks during the day, and will move out onto the tops of rocks at night. Most specimens were collected during the day using an electroshocker, . . . alongside other extreme rheophilic fishes, such as Chiloglanis, Euchilichthys, and Labeo.’’
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History v. 37 (art. 25), pp 722, Fig. 27.
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Last Update 2019 Oct 09 05:08 (species record created: 2008 May 08 01:27)