Very strange looking fish as
the head is almost half as long as the body with a
very wide head and large mouth with its gape extending
to around the eye area. Habitat:
Lives in mud at bottom of rivers. Latest (March 2000)
male specimen caught in rather shallow water on the
sandy bottom of the river, which had a very low water
level following a long period of drought (in Kenya).
Female (caught later in 2000). Aquarium Care:
Not a catfish for the home aquarium as it is extremely
predatory and would need to be fed on live fish. The
other criteria is the large size it attains. This
catfish is rare so it would probably never be seen
in the hobby.
Somalian giant catfish
to the Juba River, Somalia and Lower Tana River in
Kenya. Type locality: Gelib, fleuve
Juba, Somalie méridionale.
75cm. (2ft. 6ins)
De Vos, L.
2001 Rediscovery of the giant catfish Pardiglanis
tarabinii (Siluriformes: Claroteidae). Ichthyol. Explor.
Freshwat. 12(3):213-214. Seegers, L. 2008 The catfishes of
Africa. A handbook for identification and maintenance.
Aqualog Verlag A.C.S. GmbH, Germany. 604 p.