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Kingdom  Animalia
Subfamily  Auchenoglanidinae
Phylum  Chordata
Rank  Genus
Family  Claroteidae
Scientific name  Auchenoglanis
Higher classification  Bagridae
Order  Catfish

Similar  Giraffe catfish, Catfish, Claroteidae, Chrysichthys, Bagridae

Auchenoglanis occidentalis tanganicanus

Auchenoglanis is a genus of claroteid catfishes native to Africa.


Auchenoglanis is a primitive member of the subfamily Auchenoglanidinae and represents a stem group.

Species of this genus occur predominantly in the Nilo-Sudan region and Western Africa, but also in the Congo River, Lakes Mobutu and Tanganyika.

Auchenoglanis Auchenoglanis occidentalis Giraffe catfish Pimelodus occidentalis

Auchenoglanis species mainly feed on insect aquatic larvae and eventually on small mollusks, alevin, and swimming insects. These feeding habits should also enable them to stand a relatively wide range of ecological conditions.

Auchenoglanis Auchenoglanis occidentalis

Giraffe catfish auchenoglanis occidentalis


There are currently three recognized species in this family:

  • Auchenoglanis biscutatus (É. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1809)
  • Auchenoglanis occidentalis (Valenciennes, 1840) (Bubu)
  • Auchenoglanis senegali Retzer, 2010
  • Fossil record

    Auchenoglanis Auchenoglanis occidentalis Giraffe catfish Pimelodus occidentalis

    Auchenoglanis is rare in the fossil record compared to other African catfishes. Auchenoglanis includes an extinct species, Auchenoglanis soye from Western Chad. A few other fossils are also attributed to Auchenoglanis with no specific species described.

    Auchenoglanis Auchenoglanis tanganicanus PlanetCatfishcom
    Auchenoglanis Auchenoglanis tanganicanus PlanetCatfishcom


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