Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Malapteruridae
Etymology: cryptus: From the Greek "kryptos" = hidden or secret, referring to the close superficial resemblance to P. parvus, but differing in sharply elevated vertebral counts (Ref. 44050).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
Africa: Kagala River near Aketi (Itimbiri tributary, middle Congo River basin) in Democratic Republic of the Congo (Ref. 44050, 78218).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 11.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 44050)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 10 - 12;
Vertebrae: 44 - 45. Diagnosis: 44-45 vertebrae; caudal saddle and bar pattern absent; 5 pelvic-fin rays; usually a single pore between inner mental barbels; lateral line rarely less than 33% SL, most commonly 33-36% SL; body faintly and sparsely spotted (Ref. 44050).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Norris, S.M., 2002. A revision of the African electric catfishes, family Malapteruridae (Teleostei, Siluriformes), with erection of a new genus and descriptions of fourteen new species, and an annotated bibliography. Ann. Mus. R. Afr. Centr., Sci. Zool., 289:1-155. (Ref. 44050)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01122 (0.00445 - 0.02830), b=3.02 (2.81 - 3.23), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives