Atopochilus savorgnani Sauvage, 1879
Atopochilus savorgnani
photo by Musschoot, T.

Family:  Mochokidae (Squeakers or upside-down catfishes), subfamily: Chiloglanidinae
Max. size:  10.5 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal,
Distribution:  Africa: Ivindo, OgoouĂ©, Nyanga and Louzibi Rivers in Gabon, the Rio Muni in Equatorial Guinea, and the Ntem River in southern Cameroon and Gabon (Ref. 81251).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 1; Anal spines: -0; Anal soft rays: 10-11; Vertebrae: 32-33. Diagnosis: body depth slightly less than its greatest width; head depressed with a somewhat rugose upper surface; snout broadly rounded; nostril nearer end of snout than to eye; buccal cleft straight; mandibular tooth band less than half as long antero-posteriorly as premaxillary tooth band; maxillary barbel reaching to half of head length and at least twice as long as mandibular barbels; humeral process striated and acutely pointed; adipose fin almost 3 times as long as deep; anal fin with 10-11 rays, 1st and occasionally 2nd rays rudimentary; pectoral spine, strong, striated and strongly serrated along posterior margin; pelvic fin reaching almost to anal fin origin; caudal peduncle 1.5 times as long as deep (Ref. 81251). Coloration: body mottled brown with small dark spots on sides and dorsal surface of body; 2 dark bands present on posterior half of body (1 between adipose and anal fin and 1 on caudal peduncle); pectoral fin darkly pigmented along base of fin rays; distal half of pelvic and anal fin rays lightly pigmented; caudal fin with 2 dark bands, 1 at base and another at tips of fin rays (Ref. 81251).
Biology:  Oviparous (Ref. 205).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 16 February 2009 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 19.04.94
Modified by: Musschoot, Tobias - 20.09.17
Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 16.05.94

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