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|Scientific Name||Phractura ansorgii Boulenger, 1902|
|Common Names||African Whiptailed Catfish
Roter Kaulquappenwels (Germany)
|Type Locality||Agberi, southern Nigeria.|
|Pronunciation||frak TWO rah - an SORR jee eye|
|Etymology||Phractura: From the Greek phraktos, meaning fenced in and oura, meaning tail; in reference to the bony plates enclosing the slender caudal peduncle.|
|Size||90mm or 3.5" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Superficially resembles a homalopterid loach, hence the common name of ''loach catfishes'' for the family Amphiliidae.|
|Sexing||Females are larger, display banded pattern on body. Males are unbanded, but turn reddish at spawning time.|
|Distribution||Africa: Lower Niger
African Waters, Nigeria Waters, Niger, Lower Niger (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|pH||6.2 - 7.2|
|Temperature||20.0-24.0°C or 68-75.2°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||Clean, cool, well oxygenated water with ample plant cover.|
|Feeding||Live, frozen or freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex, grindal worms, chironomid and other small larvae. Reported to also eat algae.|
|Furniture||Best kept in a largish, shallow tank such as a 30-40 gallon breeder (120-150 l), with lots of plants, bogwood and hiding places, together with some open areas.|
|Compatibility||A peaceful fish. Several individuals can be kept together.|
|Suggested Tankmates||Smaller characins and cyprinids. Does not compete strongly for food, so best not kept with more aggressive or larger species.|
|Breeding||Successfully bred as early as the 1950s by Försch. Breeding report is summarized in Baensch, Vol. 3, and pictures of eggs and fry are reproduced in Burgess' Atlas.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|Reference||Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1901, v. 2 (pt 2) (art. 7), pp 623, Pl. 37 (fig. 1).|
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|Last Update||2019 Sep 17 16:51 (species record created: 2006 Dec 27 09:36)|