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  • Clarias stappersii
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Scientific Name Clarias stappersii  Boulenger, 1915
Common Names Blotched Catfish
Gevlekte Baber (South Africa)
Type Locality Tributary of Lukinda River, Belgem Congo, Zaire [Democratic Republic of Congo].
Pronunciation klar ee ass
Etymology Clarias: 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 366mm or 14.4" 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.
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Distribution Africa: Luapula-Moero system (upper Congo River basin), upper Kasai drainage (middle Congo River basin), Kafue River, upper Zambezi system, Cunene River and Okavango.
African Waters, Congo, Upper Congo, Lualaba (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Congo, Upper Congo, Lualaba, Mweru (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Congo, Lower Congo, Kasai (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Zambesi, Kafue (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Zambesi, Upper Zambesi (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Cunene (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Okavango (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Least Concern
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Feeding In the wild feeds on invertebrates and fish, in the aquarium is likely to eat anything offered.
Suggested Tankmates Large cyprinids (silver sharks, tinfoil or spanner barbs for example) or Central American cichlids.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Revue Zoologique Africaine v. 4 (fasc. 2)
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Last Update 2013 Jul 19 18:24 (species record created: 2010 Jan 27 15:47)