Dorsal spines (total): 1 - 1; Dorsal soft rays (total):
5 - 6. Anal fin long, extending from vent almost to
origin of caudal fin. Four pairs of short, circum-oral
barbels. Silver-grey, somewhat darker above. Reported
to be a pelagic species. Habitat:
Occur mainly on shallow waters. Migrates to the surface
at night. Rarely grow to lengths greater than 30 cm
SL. Reproduction: Spawns throughout
the year peaking once. Migrates into rivers in fairly
compact schools during the rainy season to spawn in
floodwater pools. Oviparous, eggs are unguarded.
Aquarium Care: Large aquarium with tankmates
not too small as they could become prey during night
time activities. Will do better with conspecifics.
Diet: Feeds on a wide range of invertebrates
including terrestrial insects and whole or pieces
of fish. Primarily piscivorous at 13-34 cm TL
. In the aquarium it is not a problem as they will
eat most aquarium fare.
Schilbe mystus, S.senegallus,
S. dispila, S. senegalensis, S. senegalensis fasciata,
Senegal, Gambia, Casamance, Corubal, Geba, Sassandra,
Boubo, Bandama, Agnébi, Comoé, Tano,
Pra, Volta, Mono, Ouémé, Ogun, Niger,
Chad and Cross River basins. Africa: Nile River in
Sudan. Reported from the Okavango Delta, Botswana,
Zambia, Mozambique and South Africa. Type
Froese, R. and D. Pauly.
Editors. 2008. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic
publication. www.fishbase.org, version (11/2008). ScotCat
199. Jan. 2013.