This is one of the smaller species in the genus and therefore easier to accommodate. However, it is just as predatory as its close relatives; like them, it is capable of delivering a nasty bite to an unsuspecting human hand. Adult specimens exhibit excellent black body markings. This species may be illegal or restricted in some U.S. states and in parts of Canada; it is best to seek advice locally before purchase.
- Widely distributed in western Africa.
- Around 13 3/4in (35cm).
- Stealthy predator; can be kept only with tankmates that are too large to swallow.
- Chunky meat- and/or fish-based foods, plus live fish —a factor that needs due consideration prior to purchase.
- Large, well covered, well filtered, with coarse gravel, large decor, and caves, e.g., lumps of bogwood. Subdued lighting recommended. Water chemistry not critical. Temperature range: 75-82°F (24-28°C).
- Difficult to achieve. No bubble nest is built. Eggs float on water surface and are guarded by male. The young fish are cannibalistic.