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  • Clarias buthupogon
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Scientific NameClarias buthupogon  Sauvage, 1879
Common Name
Type LocalityDoumé, Ogôoué, Congo.
Synonym(s)Chlarias angolensis macronema, Clarias lindicus, Clarias obscurus, Clarias zygouron
Pronunciationklar ee ass
EtymologyClarias: From the Greek chlaros, meaning lively; in reference to the ability of the fish to live for long periods out of water. 
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Size 900mm or 35.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationClarias 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.
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.
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DistributionAfrica: in the Congo system, in the Ogowe river, in the Sanaga river, in the Wouri river, in the Cross river and in the coastal rivers of Nigeria and Benin Republic. Reported from Luongo River, Congo system, Zambia
African Waters, Congo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Gabon Waters, Ogowe (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Cameroon waters, Sanaga (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Cameroon waters, Wuori (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Cross (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List StatusLeast Concern
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Suggested TankmatesLarge cyprinids (silver sharks, tinfoil or spanner barbs for example) or Central American cichlids.
BreedingUnreported.
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ReferencesBulletin de la Société philomathique de Paris (7th Série) v. 3
Registered KeepersNone.
Breeding ReportsNone.
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Last Update2008 Jun 22 03:22 (species record created: 2008 Jun 19 16:23)