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  • Bathyclarias gigas
  • Bathyclarias gigas
  • Bathyclarias gigas
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Scientific NameBathyclarias gigas  Jackson, 1959
Common Name
Type LocalityNkata Bay, Lake Malawi [Lake Nyasa], se. Africa.
Synonym(s)Dinotopterus gigas
Pronunciationbath ee klar ee ass.
EtymologyFrom the Greek bathys meaning deep and clarias also from the Greek chlaros, meaning lively; in reference to the ability of clarias to live for long periods out of water. 
Jump to next section Species Information
Size 1000mm or 39.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationThe small, laterally placed eyes that bulge out from the outline of the head is a key characteristic for distinguishing Bathyclarias from Clarias.
SexingThe genital papilla, which is to the right of the anus as you look at the fish with its head to the left, is elongated and pointed in males while it is round and relatively larger (and larger than the anus) in females. In ventral view especially, females are much broader in the body than males of equal age and rearing practices.
Jump to next section Habitat Information
DistributionAfrica: Endemic to Lake Malawi.
African Waters, Zambesi, Malawi (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List StatusLeast Concern
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ReferencesProc. Zool. Soc. Lond.v. 132 (pt 1) - pp125 - Fig. 7
Registered KeepersNone.
Breeding ReportsNone.
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Last Update2006 Oct 03 09:32 (species record created: 2005 Jul 03 00:00)