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  • Carlarius heudelotii
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Scientific Name Carlarius heudelotii  (Valenciennes, 1840)
Common Names Smoothmouth Sea Catfish
Glatmundet Havmalle (Denmark)
Type Locality Senegal.
Synonym(s) Arius mercatoris, Tachysurus heudelotii, Tachysurus mercatoris
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Size 830mm or 32.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
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Distribution Eastern Atlantic: Cape Blanc, Mauritania to Gabon and possibly Angola along the shallow continental shelf. Reported from the lower Niger basin, the Benoué River, and the Gambia.
Atlantic, East Atlantic (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Nigeria Waters, Niger, Lower Niger (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Nigeria Waters, Niger, Bénoué (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Gambia (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2011.
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Feeding Feeds on benthic invertebrates buried in the mud but it can sometimes leave the bottom to capture prey in open water.
Breeding Unreported. The females bear large eggs which are incubated and develop in the buccal cavity of the males.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Histoire naturelle des poissons v. 15, pp 73, Pl. 428.
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Last Update 2019 Sep 17 16:53 (species record created: 2001 Apr 12 00:00)