Loach Catfish

The Loach Catfish (Amphilius grandis) is a freshwater fish in the Amphiliidae family of catfish. 

The Loach Catfish has an elongated, cylindrical brownish body. It has barbels at the corner of its mouth. It has a broad, flattened head that enables it to dig through the soil for food. Fish have scales, but the Loach Catfish does not have scales. Instead of scales, it has slippery mucous-covered skin with bony plates called scutes.

Loach Catfish

It grows to about 19 centimetres (8 inches) in length.

It is widespread across tropical countries of Africa. It likes shallow, fast-flowing streams.

The Loach Catfish is benthic because it is a bottom feeder, foraging for algae, fish, and aquatic snails along the bottom of the stream.

Loach Catfish
Loach Catfish

Location of photographs: Aquarium de Paris-Cinéaqua

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

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