Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Mochokidae
(Squeakers or upside-down catfishes)
Etymology: Chiloglanis: Greek, cheilos = lip + Greek, glanis = a fish that can eat the bait without touching the hook; a cat fish (Ref. 45335). More on author: Poll.
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical, preferred ?; 6°S - 14°S
Africa: described from the Luvua drainage (upper Congo River basin) in Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is the actual type locality, in stead of the Lukuga as stated in original description (Ref. 78218). Also reported from the Rusizi (Ref. 87863) and the middle Congo basin (Ref. 78218, 106245) including Wagenia Falls (Ref. 106245) in DRC, the Kwango (middle Congo River basin) in Angola (Ref. 11970) and affluents of Lake Tanganyika (Ref. 78218) in DRC and Tanzania. Furthermore collected in the upper Lualaba and Sankuru basin (Ref. 12818). According to Ref. 78218 only the types can with certainty be identified as this species, awaiting revision.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 9.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4967)
Inhabits rocky shores of lake and rapid stony stretches of streams (Ref. 4967). Oviparous (Ref. 205).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Oviparous (Ref. 205). Distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205).
Gosse, J.-P., 1986. Mochokidae. p. 105-152. In J. Daget, J.-P. Gosse and D.F.E. Thys van den Audenaerde (eds.) Check-list of the freshwater fishes of Africa (CLOFFA). ISNB, Brussels, MRAC, Tervuren; and ORSTOM, Paris. Vol. 2. (Ref. 3202)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00617 (0.00259 - 0.01467), b=3.09 (2.88 - 3.30), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (13 of 100) .