Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Ariidae
(Sea catfishes) > Ariinae
Etymology: Cochlefelis: Greek, kochlea = snail like + Latin, felis = cat (Ref. 45335); insidiator: From the Latin for ambusher or lurker - in reference to the possibility that this species is a predator which lies half-hidden in sediment (Ref. 40908).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; brackish; demersal. Tropical
Western Central Pacific: Papua New Guinea and northern Australia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 35.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 40908)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 19 - 23;
Vertebrae: 58 - 60. Head and anterior of body depressed; ribs long, angular, impressed in abdominal body wall. Eye covered with head skin; head smooth. Mouth wide, jaws upturned at symphysis; teeth fixed, cardiform, in 1-2 series on jaws and palate; four elongate patches of palatal teeth. No rakers on posterior of first two arches; mandibular barbel longest, reaching dorsal fin. Fin spines slender, weak. Grey or yellowish in color, fins and mouth bright yellow or orange (Ref. 40908).
Inhabits shallow mudflats and river mouths; also in muddy coastal waters (Ref. 40908).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Kailola, P.J., 2000. Six new species of fork-tailed catfishes (Pisces, Teleostei, Ariidae) from Australia and New Guinea. Beagle, Rec. Mus. Art Galler. North. Territ. 16:127-144. (Ref. 40908)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Traumatogenic (Ref. 58010)
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5625 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (46 of 100) .