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Scientific NameAmphilius pulcher  Pellegrin, 1929
Common Name
Type LocalityLouessé River, affluent of Kouilou River, Gabon.
Pronunciationahm FILL ee us
EtymologyAmphilius: 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.
IdentificationMost 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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DistributionAfrica: Ogowe and Nyanga River systems, Gabon.
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FeedingThe diet of Amphilius species has been reported to consist predominantly of benthic aquatic insects (Marriott et al. 1997; Skelton 2001; Walsh et al. 2000).
BreedingUnreported.
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ReferencesBulletin de la Société Zoologique de France v. 54, pp 640, Fig. 1.
Registered KeepersNone.
Breeding ReportsNone.
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Last Update2017 Nov 09 11:51 (species record created: 2017 Nov 07 06:37)