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Scientific Name Clarias dhonti  (Boulenger, 1920)
Common Name
Type Locality Kabeke, a village 30 miles south of Tumbwe, on the Niemba River, near west coast of Lake Tanganyika.
Synonym(s) Allabenchelys dhonti
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 165mm or 6.5" 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: known only from the rivers Niemba and Koki, west of Lake Tanganyika, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
African Waters, Congo, Upper Congo, Lualaba, Lukuga, Niemba (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Western Rift Valley Lakes, Tanganyika, Koki (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Least Concern
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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 Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1919 (pts 3-4), pp402, Fig. 8.
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Last Update 2013 Feb 06 09:15 (species record created: 2010 Aug 07 13:09)