Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Clariidae
Etymology: Clarias: Greek, chlaros = lively, in reference to the ability of the fish to live for a long time out of water.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical; 8°N - 6°N
Africa: Nzi River, tributary of the Bandama, Côte d'Ivoire.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 16.4 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 3820)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 51 - 52;
Vertebrae: 56. Characterized by a relatively short vomerine tooth plates (3.6-3.9 % HL) and by its relatively long adipose fin (12.7-15.9 % SL) - the longest in Clarias and therefore, is a specific character for C. lamottei. Head is oval-shaped in dorsal outline. Frontal fontanelle long and narrow (`knife-shaped'); occipital fontanelle long and oval-shaped. Suprabranchial organ consists of well developed arborescent structures.
The type locality is situated in a savannah area, in a swamp which completely dries up every year (Ref. 248).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Teugels, G.G., 1986. A systematic revision of the African species of the genus Clarias (Pisces; Clariidae). Ann. Mus. R. Afr. Centr., Sci. Zool., 247:199 p. (Ref. 248)
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
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00813 (0.00362 - 0.01823), b=2.99 (2.81 - 3.17), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (15 of 100) .