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Clarias gabonensis Günther, 1867

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Brian Sidauskas (1)

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Relevant Information:

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 72-88; Anal soft rays: 56 - 71; Vertebrae: 55 - 60. Head rather pointed in dorsal outline; snout slightly rounded; eyes located more dorsally. Frontal fontanelle short and squat (`sole-shaped'); occipital fontanelle small and oval-shaped. The `dermosphenotic' and supraorbital bones become sutured in larger specimens (above 65 mm SL). Tooth plates relatively small. Pectoral spine robust and slightly curved. Number of gill rakers varies with SL. Suprabranchial organ well developed, nearly filling the cavity. Openings of the lateral branches of the lateral line irregularly placed. Found in lakes, rivers and floodplains (during breeding season). Stomach contents consisted of sand, plants, larvae of Ephemeroptera, Trichoptera and Chironomidae, remains of insects and fish scales. Juvenile specimens were found in isolated pools in the forest which might indicate that reproduction takes place during the rainy season.

Common Name:



Clarias dolloi, Clarias congicus




Africa: Lower and middle Congo River system, including Lake Tumba and the Pool Malebo; Chiloango system and Ogowe River. Type locality: River Ogowe, Gabon.


30.0cm. (12ins) S.L.


22-28C (71-83F)




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Teugels, G.G., 1986. A systematic revision of the African species of the genus Clarias (Pisces; Clariidae). Ann. Mus. R. Afr. Centr., Sci. Zool., 247:199 p.



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