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Gymnallabes typus  Günther, 1867

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes (Catfish) > Clariidae (Airbreathing catfishes)
Etymology: Gymnallabes: Greek, gymnos = hidden + Greek, allabes, -etos = a fish of the Nile, a kind of lamprey (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Günther.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; demersal.   Tropical, preferred ?; 17°N - 2°N

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Africa: lower reaches and the delta of the Niger (Nigeria) and the Cross basin (Nigeria and Cameroon)(Ref. 57129). Also reported from the rivers Ouémé (Benin) and Osse (Nigeria)(Ref. 57129).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 23.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 57129)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 0. Diagnosis: dorsal and anal fins always confluent with caudal fin; body very elongate, maximum body depth 14-15% of standard length; head very short (12.5-14.3% of standard length); lateral cephalic bones separated from each other by a distinct gap (Ref. 57129). Coloration: preserved specimens brownish-black on back and sides, light brown on belly (Ref. 57129).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Prefers small streams and ditches with leaf litter. Also found in swamp regions. Diet probably consists of insect larvae, worms and similar smaller organisms. Fishes are not eaten (Ref. 78218).

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Teugels, G.G., 2003. Clariidae. p. 144-173 In C. Lévêque, D. Paugy and G.G. Teugels (eds.) Faune des poissons d'eaux douce et saumâtres de l'Afrique de l'Ouest, Tome 2. Coll. Faune et Flore tropicales 40. Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Tervuren, Belgique, Museum National d'Histoire Naturalle, Paris, France and Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Paris, France. 815 p. (Ref. 57129)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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