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Scientific Name Clarias angolensis  Steindachner, 1866
Common Name Angolan Walking Catfish
Type Locality Angola.
Synonym(s) Clarias brevinuchalis, Clarias confluentus
Pronunciation klar ee ass - an goal en siss
Etymology Clarias: From the Greek chlaros, meaning lively; in reference to the ability of the fish to live for long periods out of water. Named after Angola, its country of discovery.
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Size 350mm or 13.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Clarias species are characterized by having an elongated body; a soft rayed dorsal fin extending to, or nearly to, the caudal fin base; a soft rayed anal fin extending from just behind the anus to the caudal fin base; pectoral fins each with a serrated anterior bony spine; head depressed, covered largely by firmly sutured, surface sculptured bony plates forming a protective helmet; four pairs of flagellate barbels (nasals, maxillaries, inner and outer mandibulars); air breathing organs derived from the 2nd and 4th epibranchials within a superbranchial chamber.

Coloration is brownish, albino varieties are also known.
Sexing Males are brighter and more slender than females.
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Distribution Africa: Lower and Central Congo system. Trade restricted in Germany (Anl.3 BArtSchV).
African Waters, Congo, Lower Congo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Congo, Middle Congo (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
pH 6.8 - 8.5
Temperature 22.0-25.0°C or 71.6-77°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Able to survive in most water conditions.
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Feeding Omnivorous and predatory. Will eat virtually anything that can be considered edible.
Furniture Open spaces for swimming and some cover is required.
Compatibility Must be housed with lively, robust large fish.
Suggested Tankmates Large cyprinids (silver sharks, tinfoil or spanner barbs for example) or Central American cichlids.
Breeding Sexually mature at 2.5 years. Spawning in pairs Lithophilous species. Fecundity over 500 cream-coloured eggs (diameter of around 2mm). The male protects the clutch. Incubation period 1.5 to 2 days, after 4-5 days the young start feeding.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Verhandlungen der K.-K. zoologisch-botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien v. 16, pp 766, Pl. 13 (figs. 4-7).
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Last Update 2020 Oct 25 01:04 (species record created: 2001 Apr 25 00:00)