Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Clariidae
Etymology: Channallabes: Greek, channe, -es = an anchovy + Greek, allabes, -etos = a fish of the Nile, a kind of lamprey (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical; 3°N - 0°N
Africa: Mbini/Woleu River system in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon (Ref. 58516, 81644).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 41.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 58516)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 101 - 155;
Vertebrae: 92 - 105. Diagnosis: large, well pronounced supraorbital process present on infraorbital IV, reaching rostral border of eye; fenestra between scapulo-coracoid and cleithrum present; no contact between entopterygoid and quadrate; no pale spot on skull roof; high number of dorsal (118-160) and anal (105-155) fin rays (Ref. 81644). High number of vertebrae (92-105)(Ref. 58516, 81644). Body lateral line system clearly visible as a white dotted line along flank (Ref. 58516).
Maximum size recorded 445mm TL (Ref. 81644).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Devaere, S., D. Adriaens and W. Verraes, 2007. Survey of the anguilliform Clariidae (Teleostei, Siluriformes) of Gabon and Republic of Congo, with description of two new species and key to the African clariid genera. Belg. J. Zool. 137(1):99-109. (Ref. 58516)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5156 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00741 (0.00328 - 0.01678), b=2.99 (2.80 - 3.18), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (41 of 100) .