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Scientific Name Chiloglanis fortuitus   
Common Name
Type Locality Dayea River, above Yekepa, St. John River drainage, Nimba County, Liberia, 7.579333°N, 8.516889°W.
Pronunciation Kee low glan iss
Etymology Chiloglanis: From the Greek cheilos, meaning lip, and glanis, meaning catfish; in reference to the oral morphology. A nice story this one. The specific epithet is "fortuitous", referring to the fortuitous aspect of collecting this one specimen at the type locality. The collector, D. Tweddle, sampled fishes at 36 localities in the upper St. John River drainage in Liberia and collected 69 specimens of Chiloglanis at ten of these localities. Additionally, the lot that contained C. fortuitus was one of the three lots borrowed to aid with the description of C. tweddlei (Schmidt et al., 2017). The discovery and formal description of C. fortuitous is fortuitous in several aspects.
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Identification The second largest catfish genus in Africa after Synodontis. They are 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 reasonably small at 100 mm SL or less. species with forked caudal fins can show sexual dimorphism and is usually species-specific. Other characteristics in this hard-to-ID genus are the size of the adipose fin, the position of the adipose fin relative to pelvic and ventral fins, size of barbles, eyes and dorsal fin. Only a handful of species are identified on colouration. They can be distinguished from other African suckermouth catfish (of the genera Euchilichthys and Atopochilus) by their circular suckermouth disc. This is more elliptical in the other two genera.
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African Waters, St John (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
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Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Ichthyology & Herpetology v. 111 (no. 3), pp 379, Fig. 5.
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Last Update 2023 Nov 18 06:01 (species record created: 2023 Jul 31 15:57)