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Chrysichthys cranchii (Leach, 1818)

Image contributors to this species:

World Records Freshwater Fishing (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus  

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

This is a huge species when fully grown and it is not a fish for the home aquarium. Found in large rivers throughout the Congo system and prefers a rocky substrate or places where trees have fallen in the water. The diet of this species is insect larvae when young to a predator on fish when growing into adulthood.

Common Name:



Pimelodus cranchii, Chrysichthys börressoni


Claroteidae blycipitidae


Africa: Lualaba River system, Congo basin. Type locality: Lubosi river, a tributary to Luala river, Lower Congo.


150cm. TL. (52ins - 4ft 4ins)


24-28°C (75-83°F)




Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2015.FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, ( 04/2015 ) .
Seegers, L., 2008. The catfishes of Africa: A handbook for identification and maintenance. Aqualog Verlag A.C.S. GmbH, Germany. 604 p.
Risch, L. and E.J. Vreven, 2007. Claroteinae. p. 607-629. In M.L.J. Stiassny, G.G. Teugels and C.D. Hopkins (eds.) The fresh and brackish water fishes of Lower Guinea, West-Central Africa. Volume I. Collection Faune et Flore tropicales 42. Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Paris, France, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France, and Musée Royal de l’Afrique Centrale, Tervuren, Belgium. 800 pp.
Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.



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