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Dinotopterus cunningtoni  Boulenger, 1906

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes (Catfish) > Clariidae (Airbreathing catfishes)
Etymology: Dinotopterus: Greek, di = two + Greek, noton = back + Greek, pteron = wing, fin (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Boulenger.

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Freshwater; demersal; depth range 10 - 130 m (Ref. 4967).   Tropical; 3°S - 9°S

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Africa: endemic to Lake Tanganyika and widely distributed (Ref. 36901, 78218).

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 175 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 3820)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

More common in rocky areas; wide depth range from about 10 m to at least 130 m (Ref. 4967). Found in the littoral zone at an average depth of 10 m, above all over rocky substrates (Ref. 36901). Larger specimens feed exclusively on fishes; exhibits cuckoo behaviour (Ref. 78218).

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Seegers, L., 2008. The catfishes of Africa: A handbook for identification and maintenance. Aqualog Verlag A.C.S. GmbH, Germany. 604 p. (Ref. 78218)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Fisheries: commercial
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Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 1.0000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00676 (0.00312 - 0.01463), b=2.99 (2.81 - 3.17), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.8   ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Very Low, minimum population doubling time more than 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Very high vulnerability (80 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.