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Lophiobagrus cyclurus  (Worthington & Ricardo, 1937)

African bullhead
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes (Catfish) > Claroteidae (Claroteid catfishes) > Claroteinae
Etymology: Lophiobagrus: Greek, lophos = crest + Mozarabic, bagre, Greek, pagros = a fish (Dentex sp.) (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; demersal; pH range: 7.5 - 8.0; dH range: 15 - 25.   Tropical; 23°C - 26°C (Ref. 2060); 3°S - 9°S

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Africa: Lake Tanganyika.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4967)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Concealed mostly among rocks during daytime. Nocturnal habits prevail (Ref. 45232). Feed on chironomid larvae, beetle larvae and small crustaceans with occasional ingestion of vegetable material (Ref. 6868). Of no food value (Ref. 4967). Mucus is poisonous to other fishes (Ref. 4537).

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Spawns in caves. Oviparous (Ref. 205). Previously thought that care of the eggs and young might be done by mouthbrooding solitary males (Ref. 45232); new findings describe the genus Lophiobagrus to be hiding its brood in caves (Ref. 89712).

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Risch, L.M., 1986. Bagridae. p. 2-35. In J. Daget, J.-P. Gosse and D.F.E. Thys van den Audenaerde (eds.) Check-list of the freshwater fishes of Africa (CLOFFA). ISNB, Brussels; MRAC, Tervuren; and ORSTOM, Paris. Vol. 2. (Ref. 3236)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Venomous (Ref. 4537)




Human uses

Fisheries: of potential interest; aquarium: potential
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5625   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00741 (0.00328 - 0.01678), b=3.04 (2.85 - 3.23), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.3   ±0.44 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.