Cat-eLog Right Arrow Clariidae Right Arrow Channallabes

  • Channallabes sanghaensis
Jump to next section Cat-eLog Data Sheet
Scientific Name Channallabes sanghaensis  Devaere, Adriaens & Verraes, 2007
Common Name
Type Locality River Mbessy, close to village of Ntchouo, 0°46'N, 14°19'E, Republic of Congo.
Pronunciation cha nal ah bez
Etymology Channallabes: From the Greek, channe, meaning anchovy and allabes, the name of a Nilotic fish (a kind of lamprey); in reference to the shape of the fish. From the Sangha freshwater ecoregion (THIEME et al,2004) where the species was found.
Jump to next section Species Information
Size 221mm or 8.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification This species is blackish-brown on the dorsum, with the brown becoming slowly lighter down the sides to the belly. The lateral line is marked by a white line.The number of dorsal fin-rays 120-125, anal fin-rays 104-124. Pectoral fins are always present, few have ventral fins, the pectoral-fin spine is serrated on both faces.
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. It may be hard to see with the naked eye.
General Remarks All known sampling sites were characterised by shallow, muddy, still water, stream margins and similar habitats.
Jump to next section Habitat Information
Distribution The Mbessy River, Congo drainage, in the vicinity of Ntchouo, Congo Republic of Congo (Brazzaville).
African Waters, Congo, Sangha, Mbessy (click on these areas to find other species found there)

Log in to view data on a map.
IUCN Red List Category Data Deficient, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2009.
Jump to next section Husbandry Information
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
Jump to next section Further Information
Reference Belgian Journal of Zoology v. 137 (no. 1), pp 21, Fig. 8.
Registered Keepers Keeping this species? Why not .
There is no registered keeper.
Wishlists Love this species? Click the heart to add it to your wish list.
There is no wish to keep this species.
Spotters Spotted this species somewhere? Click the binoculars!
There is but a single record of this fish being seen, view it.
More on Channallabes sanghaensis
Look up Look up Channallabes sanghaensis on
Look up Fishbase Look up Channallabes sanghaensis on Fishbase
Get or print a QR code for this species profile, or try our LFS label creator.
Hits 3888 hits.
Last Update 2019 Oct 13 03:34 (species record created: 2011 Jan 04 20:41)