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Scientific Name Amphilius pulcher  Pellegrin, 1930
Common Name
Type Locality Louessé River, affluent of Kouilou River, Gabon.
Pronunciation ahm FILL ee us
Etymology Amphilius: Not clear; probably from the Greek amphi, meaning both sides and leios, meaning smooth. 
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Size 80mm or 3.1" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Most amphiliid species are found in fast-flowing water of clear, rocky streams at high elevations or rapids of large lowland rivers (Berra 2001; Roberts 2003).basins (Seegers et al. 2003). Species of Amphilius are adapted for fast flow and rocky habitats (Skelton 1986). Morphological adaptations for these habitats include expanded pectoral and pelvic fins with a thickened first ray, depressed body, dorsally directed eyes and reduced swim bladder (Skelton 1986; Walsh et al. 2000). The large pelvic fins form, in conjunction with the body, a feeble sucking disc that enables the fish to cling to rocks (Jackson 1961b).
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Distribution Africa: Ogowe and Nyanga River systems, Gabon.
IUCN Red List Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2009.
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Feeding The diet of Amphilius species has been reported to consist predominantly of benthic aquatic insects (Marriott et al. 1997; Skelton 2001; Walsh et al. 2000). User data.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Bulletin de la Société Zoologique de France v. 54 (no. 6) [for 1929], pp 640, Fig. 1.
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