Clarotes laticeps  (Rüppell, 1829)

Widehead catfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes (Catfish) > Claroteidae (Claroteid catfishes) > Claroteinae
Etymology: Clarotes: Greek, klarotes, a term for slaves, people with bent necks; in reference to the morphology of the head.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; demersal; anadromous (Ref. 51243).   Tropical; 20°C - 26°C (Ref. 2059); 17°N - 3°N

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?, range 28 - ? cm
Max length : 80.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4967); max. published weight: 10.0 kg (Ref. 3799)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal soft rays (total): 5-7. Adipose fin in adults has a stiff spine.

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Africa: Nile, Niger, Senegal, Bénoué, and Volta Rivers; also in Lake Chad.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits rivers (Ref 4967). Feeds on crustaceans, insects, mollusks and fish (Ref. 28714).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

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Risch, L.M., 2003. Claroteidae. p. 60-96 In C. Lévêque, D. Paugy and G.G. Teugels (eds.) Faune des poissons d'eaux douce et saumâtres de l'Afrique de l'Ouest, Tome 2. Coll. Faune et Flore tropicales 40. Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Tervuren, Belgique, Museum National d'Histoire Naturalle, Paris, France and Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Paris, France. 815 p. (Ref. 57126)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.7500   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01230 (0.00634 - 0.02388), b=3.04 (2.86 - 3.22), based on LWR estimates for species & Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.1   ±0.43 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate to high vulnerability (51 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.