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Scientific Name Bathyclarias worthingtoni  Jackson, 1959
Common Name
Type Locality Nkata Bay, Lake Malawi [Lake Nyasa], southeastern Africa.
Pronunciation bath ee klar ee ass.
Etymology From the Greek bathys meaning deep and clarias also from the Greek chlaros, meaning lively; in reference to the ability of clarias to live for long periods out of water. 
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Size 800mm or 31.5" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification The small, laterally placed eyes that bulge out from the outline of the head is a key characteristic for distinguishing Bathyclarias from Clarias.
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: Endemic to Lake Malawi.
IUCN Red List Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2018.
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Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London v. 132 (pt 1), pp 123, Fig. 6.
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