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Clarotes laticeps  (Rüppell, 1829)

Image contributors to this species:

Hippocampus Bildarchiv (3) Johnny Jensen's Photographic Library (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Factsheet Etymology = Genus Etymology = Species

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

Inhabits rivers and feeds on crustaceans, insects, mollusks and fish. Dorsal soft rays (total): 57. Adipose fin in adults have a stiff spine. This is a very large species and is of course very predatory. It has been reported that it is so predacious that it has been known to suffocate on its prey. Not a good aquarium fish.

Common Name:

Widehead catfish


Chrysichthys cranchii, Pimelodus laticeps, Bagrus laticeps, Bagrus nigrita, Octonematichthys nigrita, Clarotes heuglinii, C. macrocephalus Chrysichthys macropogon, C.nigrita, C. pitmani


Claroteidae blycipitidae


Africa: Nile, Niger, Senegal, Bénoué, and Volta Rivers; also in Lake Chad. Type locality: Cairo.


80cm. (2ft. 8ins)


20-26°C (67-79°F)




Baensch, H.A. and R. Riehl 1991 Aquarien atlas. Bd. 3. Melle: Mergus, Verlag für Natur- und Heimtierkunde, Germany. 1104 p.



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