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Chiloglanis sp.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Siluriformes
Family: Mochokidae
Genus: Chiloglanis
W. K. H. Peters, 1868
Type species
Chiloglanis deckenii
Peters, 1868

Chiloglanis is a genus of upside-down catfishes native to Africa.[1] These species have modified lips and barbels that form a suckermouth.[2] They also have a naked (scaleless) body.[3] Sexual dimorphism has been reported in Chiloglanis. The adult males of many of these species have elongate anal and caudal fins. Also, males may have an enlarged humeral process.[4]


There are currently 51 recognized species in this genus:


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2011). Species of Chiloglanis in FishBase. December 2011 version.
  2. ^ Nelson, J.S. (2006). Fishes of the World. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN 0-471-25031-7. 
  3. ^ a b Ng, H.H. & Bailey, R.M. (2006). "Chiloglanis productus, a new species of suckermouth catfish (Siluriformes: Mochokidae) from Zambia". Occasional Papers of the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology,. 738: 1–13. 
  4. ^ Friel, J.P. & Vigliotta, T.R. (2006). "Synodontis acanthoperca, a new species from the Ogôoué River system, Gabon with comments on spiny ornamentation and sexual dimorphism in mochokid catfishes (Siluriformes: Mochokidae)" (PDF). Zootaxa,. 1125: 45–56. 
  5. ^ a b Schmidt, R.C., Bart, H.L.Jr. & Nyingi, D.W. (2015): Two new species of African suckermouth catfishes, genus Chiloglanis (Siluriformes: Mochokidae), from Kenya with remarks on other taxa from the area. Zootaxa, 4044 (1): 45–64.
  6. ^ a b c Friel, J.P. & Vigliotta, T.R. (2011). "Three new species of African suckermouth catfishes, genus Chiloglanis (Siluriformes: Mochokidae), from the lower Malagarasi and Luiche rivers of western Tanzania" (PDF). Zootaxa,. 3063: 1–21.