Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfishes) > Malapteruridae
Etymology: Malapterurus: Greek, mala = a lot of + Greek, pteron = fin + Greek, oura = tail (Ref. 45335); teugelsi: Named to honor Belgian ichthyologist Guy G. Teugels of the Royal Museum of Central Africa, collector of the holotype and an important contributor to our knowledge of west and central African fishes (Ref. 44050)
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal; depth range - m (Ref. ), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Africa: endemic to the Kogon River, Guinea (Ref. 44050, 57130).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 21.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 57130)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 8 - 10;
Vertebrae: 38 - 40. Diagnosis: body elongate and cylindrical; tooth patches narrow; vertically based pectoral fin positioned at body mid-depth; caudal bar frequently extends a narrow band along the body mid-depth, dividing the pale interspace and joining the saddle and caudal bar; medial portion of pelvic fin dark with a well-defined pale rim; caudal saddle and bar pattern more prominent in juveniles and young, the darkened pelvic fin more apparent in larger specimens (Ref. 44050).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Norris, S.M., 2002. A revision of the African electric catfishes, family Malapteruridae (Teleostei, Siluriformes), with erection of a new genus and descriptions of fourteen new species, and an annotated bibliography. Ann. Mus. R. Afr. Centr., Sci. Zool., 289:1-155. (Ref. 44050)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Vulnerable (VU) (B1ab(i,ii,iii)+2ab(i,ii,iii)); Date assessed: 23 April 2020
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (16 of 100) .