SizeMaximum length of 10.8 inches (27.5 cm).
DietOmnivorous bottom feeder.
RangeOccurs in Lake Tanganyika, Africa.
HabitatFound over muddy bottoms.
- Maximum length of 10.8 inches (27.5 cm).
- Body is typically white, tan or gold with black spots that increase in size from the head, back towards the tail.
- Dorsal, pectoral and caudal fins are predominantly black with white to clear edges. The two anal fins are also pale, with small black triangles located close to the body.
- Barbles are typically white.
The cuckoo catfish is the only fish known to practice brood parasitism.
- Omnivorous bottom feeder.
- Occurs in Lake Tanganyika, Africa.
- Found over muddy bottoms at depths to 328 feet (100 m).
- Oviparous, or egg-laying, species.
- Forms distinct pairs when mating.
- Only fish known to practice brood parasitism.
- Breeding pair will mix its eggs into the spawning nests of mouthbrooding cichlids.
- Cichlids take the eggs into the mouth, mixing the catfish eggs with the cichlid eggs.
- Catfish larvae grow faster than those of the cichlid host and will feed on the cichlid larvae.
- “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.