Steatocranus gibbiceps from West Africa

Steatocranus gibbiceps

Steatocranus gibbiceps. Photo by Dave Hansen

Steatocranus gibbiceps is one of a handful of described species in the Steatocranus genus. The genus has been under revision for some time and there is still some confusion of what species are included. S. gibbiceps was first described in 1899. Males are larger than females and will develop an enlarged forehead as they mature.

Steatocranus gibbiceps is usually collected in Pool Malebo (Formerly Stanley Pool). Many species from the Congo River found in the hobby originate in and around this area. Pool Malebo is an unusual feature of the Congo River. The river widens and creates a lake-like area covering almost 200 square miles. With the swiftness of the currents in the Congo River it is not surprising that many species are collected from this area where currents are slower. To read more about Steatocranus check out the article titled Steatocranus: A Genus Review by Dave Hansen. Discussion can be done in the West African forum.

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