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Arius latiscutatus (Günther, 1864)

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Etymology = Genus

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Relevant Information:

Mainly marine but frequently found in brackish estuaries, sometimes enters freshwater. Common during winter. Feeds on fish, benthic invertebrates, zooplankton and detritus. Ornamental and sometimes considered aquaria fish, the fish is venomous and can be dangerous to humans. Note: It has to be noted that Marceniuk et al (2007) have placed this species (Arius latiscutatus) in a new Genera, Carlarius, named for Carl Ferraris for his contribution to the knowledge of Siluriformes fishes and includes the seven known Arius species from the west African coastline. Arius heudeloti Valenciennes, 1840, is the type species. Remarks: Up to date this change of genera has not been accepted.

Common Name:

Rough-head sea catfish  


Arius lagoensis, Tachysurus lagoensis


Ariidae mblycipitidae


Western Africa: Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, Zaire, Angola and Namibia. Type locality: Fernando Póo Island, Equatorial Guinea, Gulf of Guinea.


70cm.TL (28ins)


20-27°c (67-81°f )




Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2009. FishBase.World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (10/2009).
Marceniuk, Alexandre P.; Menezes, Naércio A. (2007). "Systematics of the family Ariidae (Ostariophysi, Siluriformes), with a redefinition of the genera" Zootaxa 1416: 1–126.



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