marine but frequently found in brackish estuaries,
and sometimes enters freshwater. Common during winter.
Ornamental and sometimes considered an aquarium fish,
the fish is venomous and can be dangerous to humans.
Diet: Feeds on fish, benthic invertebrates,
zooplankton and detritus. Remarks:
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.
Up to date this change of genera has now been accepted.
Note: Fishbase and iNaturalist still consider
this species as Arius latiscutatus.
lagoensis, Tachysurus lagoensis
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.
Froese, R. and D. Pauly.
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.