Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Clariidae
Etymology: Clarias: Greek, chlaros = lively, in reference to the ability of the fish to live for a long time out of water. More on author: Boulenger.
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical, preferred ?; 3°N - 2°N
Africa: Kribi, Lobi/Lobe and Ntem rivers in south Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea (Ref. 248, 78218). Reports from the Sanaga and Dja in Cameroon (Ref. 51193) questionable and unconfirmed in Ref. 248 or 78218.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 22.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 3820)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 61 - 71;
Vertebrae: 60 - 63. Head rounded in dorsal outline; snout broadly rounded; eyes small and laterally placed. Postorbital margin not entirely covered with bone. Frontal fontanelle long and narrow; occipital fontanelle long and oval-shaped. Supra-orbital and `dermosphenotic' bones separated. Tooth plates relatively broad. Pectoral spine straight; outer side with small downward serrations over entire length. Gill rakers relatively long and distantly set. Suprabranchial organ well developed. Openings of secondary sensory canals show a regular pattern.
Practically nothing is known about the biology of this species (Ref. 78218).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Teugels, G.G., 1986. A systematic revision of the African species of the genus Clarias (Pisces; Clariidae). Ann. Mus. R. Afr. Centr., Sci. Zool., 247:199 p. (Ref. 248)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00708 (0.00330 - 0.01518), b=3.00 (2.82 - 3.18), based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (21 of 100) .