The African sea catfish (Arius
africanus), also known as the marine catfish,
is a species of sea catfish in the family Ariidae.
It was described by Albert Günther in 1867 and
it reaches a maximum standard length of 45cm (18 in).
Habitat: Coastal species found in
tropical brackish and freshwater in Tanzania, Madagascar,
and the Pangani River. Known from the lower to middle
reaches of drainages along the western coast of Madagascar
and Eastern Africa. Diet: The diet
of the African sea catfish consists of small finfish
and invertebrates. Remarks:
This species is assessed as Data Deficient as little
is currently known regarding the status of subpopulations
from throughout its range. More research is required
Pangani River, Tanzania and estuaries of Madagascar.
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