Chiloglanis occidentalis Pellegrin, 1933
photo by Palmer, R.

Family:  Mochokidae (Squeakers or upside-down catfishes)
Max. size:  5.7 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic,
Distribution:  Africa: restricted to Sassandra and Volta rivers in Côte d'Ivoire and Pra River in Ghana (Ref. 116018).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 2-2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 5-6; Vertebrae: 31-32. Diagnosis: Labial disk moderately developed and rounded, covered with large papillae; mandibular barbels little developed, auxiliary barbels absent; premaxillary teeth large and arranged in 3-4 rows; mandibular teeth numbering 4+4 to 5+5, sometimes even 6+6; dorsal fin with 5-6 branched rays, the 6th soft ray always slender, very close to 5th; adipose fin short, beginning slightly ahead of anal-fin origin; caudal peduncle rather elongate, but less so than in C. batesii; caudal fin deeply forked, with distinctly pointed lobes, lower lobe longer than upper; usually a longitudinal black band on one or both lobes of caudal fin; eyes moderately developed; sexual dimorphism absent or weak (Ref. 57223). Colouration: body with 3 more or less well defined dark vertical bars separated by paler areas; lower caudal-fin lobe, and sometimes also the upper, with a more or less distinct black band (Ref. 57223).
Biology:  Oviparous (Ref. 205). Maximum size 6.2cm TL (Ref. 3202).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 30 April 2006 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 06.03.91
Modified by: Boden, Gert - 16.10.17
Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 16.05.94

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