|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Clarias anguillaris (Linnaeus, 1758)|
|Type Locality||Nile River.|
|Synonym(s)||Clarias budgetti, Clarias hasselquistii, Clarias parvimanus, Clarias senegalensis, Silurus anguillaris|
|Pronunciation||klar ee ass - ang eel are iss|
|Etymology||Clarias: From the Greek chlaros, meaning lively; in reference to the ability of the fish to live for long periods out of water.|
|Size||1000mm or 39.4" 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.|
|Sexing||The 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.|
|Distribution||Africa: lower and middle Nile; Chad system including the Logone and the Shari rivers; Niger and Benoue river systems; coastal rivers of Benin Republic, Togo, Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire; Gambia and lower Senegal rivers; Volta system; relict populations occur in Mauritania and southern Algeria.
African Waters, Nile, Lower Nile (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Nile, Middle Nile (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Chad (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Nigeria Waters, Niger (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Nigeria Waters, Niger, Bénoué (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Gambia (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Sénégal (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Volta (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Nigeria Waters, Agulu (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|IUCN Red List Status||Least Concern|
|Feeding||In nature, feeds mainly on fish and mollusks; also crustaceans, diatoms, detritus and bottom dwelling organisms.|
|Suggested Tankmates||Large cyprinids (silver sharks, tinfoil or spanner barbs for example) or Central American cichlids.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||Systema Nat. ed. 10 v. 1 305.|
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|Last Update||2013 Jul 20 15:19 (species record created: 2005 Aug 27 00:00)|