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Carlarius gigas (Boulenger, 1911)

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The images depicted may or may not be this species. Base of supra-occipital process moderately wide and is found in large rivers and their estuaries. Probably exceeds 165 cm. Note: It has to be noted that Marceniuk & Menezes (2007) have placed this species (Arius gigas) 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.

 Common Name:

Giant sea catfish  


Arius latiscutatus, Tachysurus gigas, Arius gigas


Ariidae mblycipitidae


Africa: Nigeria, Niger River. Type locality: Lokoja, Upper Niger River, Nigeria.


150.0cm.TL (5ft 0ins)


20-27°c (67-81°f )




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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