Chris CatFish McGinnis
Brian Tate (1)
Adult males are smaller and
slimmer and females are fuller during the spawning
season. Similar to the larger growing S.
Both of these species are similar as juveniles but
S. brevianalis does not lose its colour with
ageing and has a small adipose fin which S. marmoratus
lacks. Description: Dorsal spines
(total): 1; Anal soft rays: 34 - 39. Diagnosis: small
species, less than 100 mm long; eyes small, diameter
not exceeding 23% of head length; inner margin of
pectoral-fin spine weakly denticulate. Head rounded.
Nasal barbels always extending beyond hind margin
of eye but not beyond anterior border of opercle.
Adipose fin always present and fully developed. 34-39
branched anal-fin rays and 6-8 gill rakers on lower
limb of first gill arch. Colouration:
Colour pattern marbled. Reproduction:
Oviparous, eggs are unguarded. Distinct pairing. Aquarium
Care: This peaceful catfish will hide during
the day so you will need to provide pipe work, tubes
and caves in the aquarium. Provide a spacious tank
with plenty of free swimming space with background
vegetation. May eat small fry but otherwise a peaceful
catfish for the larger aquarium. Diet:
Live and frozen bloodworm, mosquito larvae, glassworms,
tubifex and large daphnia.
Coastal rivers in Nigeria and Cameroon. Type
locality: Dehane (Nyong), Cameroon.
Baensch, H.A. and R.
Riehl, 1995. Aquarien Atlas. Band 4. Mergus
Verlag GmbH, Verlag für Natur-und Heimtierkunde,
Melle, Germany. 864 p. Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist
of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes),
and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa
1418:1-628. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors.
2021. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication.
www.fishbase.org, ( 08/2021 ). Seegers, L. 2008 The catfishes of
Africa. A handbook for identification and maintenance.
Aqualog Verlag A.C.S. GmbH, Germany. 604 p.