|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Clarias submarginatus Peters, 1882|
|Common Name||Blotched Catfish|
|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.|
|Size||143mm or 5.6" 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: coastal rivers Kribi (Kienke) and Lobé/Lobi, and rivers Boumba and Lobi (Dja system, middle Congo River basin) in Cameroon. Further also reported from Luongo River (upper Congo River basin) in Zambia, Caprivi in Namibia and Ehoma floodplain in Nigeria.
African Waters, Cross, Kribi (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Cross, Lobé (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Congo, Luongo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Congo, Dja, Boumba (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Zambesi, Caprivi (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Cross, Ehoma Floodplain (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|IUCN Red List Category||Vulnerable, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2009.|
|Suggested Tankmates||Large cyprinids (silver sharks, tinfoil or spanner barbs for example) or Central American cichlids.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|Reference||Sitzungsberichte der Gesellschaft Naturforschender Freunde zu Berlin 1882, pp 74.|
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|Last Update||2019 Oct 13 03:31 (species record created: 2010 Jan 27 15:48)|