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Scientific Name Chiloglanis pretoriae  Van Der Horst, 1931
Common Names Shortspine Rock Catlet
Kortstekel-suierbekkie (South African), Limpopo Rock Catlet, Shortspine Suckermouth
Type Locality Crocodile River, Pretoria District, Transvaal [now Gauteng], South Africa.
Pronunciation Kee low glan iss
Etymology Chiloglanis: From the Greek cheilos, meaning lip, and glanis, meaning catfish; in reference to the oral morphology. Pretoriae, a reference to Pretoria.
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Size 65mm or 2.6" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Second largest catfish genus next to Synodontis in Africa. characterized by jaws and lips modified into a sucker or oral disc used for adhering to and feeding upon objects in fast flowing waters. Generally fairly small at 100 mm SL or less. Often caudal shape can show sexual dimorphism and is usually species specific.

Dark brown with small lighter patches on back and a distinctive series of verticle spots along body. Coloration is somewhat variable between populations. Turns a golden-yellow overall when stressed.
Sexing Males possess a distinct genital papilla.
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Distribution Africa: Limpopo, Incomati River systems and from the middle and lower Zambezi, Pungwe and Buzi systems.
African Waters, Limpopo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Pungwe (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Zambesi, Middle Zambesi (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Zambesi, Lower Zambesi (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Buzi (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2017.
pH 6.7 - 7.6
Temperature 22.5-25.0°C or 72.5-77°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters High oxygen levels. This fish greatly appreciates water movement and will always seek out the strongest currents in the aquarium.
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Feeding Live and frozen foods. Specimens kept for sometime in captivity may eventually take small amounts of flake foods.
Furniture Occurs in shallow rocky reaches, riffle, and rapids. Fry are found along submersed vegetation along the river's banks.
Compatibility A peaceful fish.
Suggested Tankmates Cool water cyprinids.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Annals of the Transvaal Museum v. 14 (pt 3), pp 248, Fig. 2.
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Last Update 2020 Sep 19 05:42 (species record created: 2006 Dec 23 10:14)