Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfishes) > Amphiliidae
(Loach catfishes) > Leptoglaninae
Etymology: Leptoglanis: Greek,leptos = thin + Greek, glanis = a fish that can eat the bait without touching the hook; a cat fish (Ref. 45335). More on author: Boulenger.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
Africa: Pool Malebo (= Stanley Pool)(Ref. 51287), middle Congo River main course (Ref. 106245), Aruwimi River (Ref. 51287, 106290) and Wagenia Falls (Ref. 51287, 106245) in Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as the Ubangi in Democratic Republic of the Congo and Central African Republic (Ref. 51287).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.8 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 3236)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 38 - 41. Anterior margin of mouth with a single large medial fleshy lobe and several lateral fleshy lobes of variable size (Ref. 51287). Premaxillary with toothless anterior portion, posterior portion with slender conical teeth (Ref. 51287). Lower jaw toothless and exceptionally elongate (Ref. 51287). Coronomeckelian bone exceptionally large and well defined (Ref. 51287). Hyomandibular and quadrate joined by a complex joint consisting of a cartilaginous ball partially enclosed by bony sockets (Ref. 51287). An exceptionally short braincase (Ref. 51287). Pharynx and gill arches with numerous soft fleshy fingerlike or digitiform structures (Ref. 51287). Pectoral and pelvic fins excessively branched (Ref. 51287). Number of principal caudal fin rays: 7+8 (Ref. 51287). In life this species has a milk-white body, with fine, faint melanophores concentrated just above and below lateral line canal and in dorsal portions of myoseptal troughs (Ref. 51287). Two broad oblique bands on the dorsal fin, two broad vertical bands on the caudal fin and a single broad band in the middle of the pectoral fin, all composed of brownish melanophores (Ref. 51287); anal fin with a few fine melanophores on some rays, otherwise colorless (Ref. 51287); adipose and pelvic fins without notable color features (Ref. 51287).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Roberts, T.R., 2003. Systematics and osteology of Leptoglaninae a new subfamily of the African catfish family Amphiliidae, with descriptions of three new genera and six new species. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 54(5):81-132. (Ref. 51287)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
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Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.7500 [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
): 3.1 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (26 of 100) .