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Bathyclarias nyasensis  (Worthington, 1933)

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes (Catfish) > Clariidae (Airbreathing catfishes)
Etymology: Bathyclarias: Greek, bathys = deep + Latin, clarias, -a, -um = shining (Ref. 45335).

Issue
The species Bathyclarias ilesi Jackson, 1959, Bathyclarias loweae Jackson, 1959, and Dinotopterus jacksoni Greenwood, 1961 are considered valid in Eschmeyer (CofF ver. Mar. 2011: Ref. 86697) following Ferraris (2007: Ref. 58032), and Seegers (2008: Ref. 78218). These are treated here as synonyms of Bathyclarias nyasensis following Snoeks (2004: Ref. 55909).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic; depth range 20 - 90 m (Ref. 4967).   Tropical; 9°S - 15°S

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 100.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4967)

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Africa: Endemic to Lake Malawi.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs in open water and mainly filters zooplankton. Also feeds on small fishes and insect larvae (Ref. 5595). Forms groups when feeding on plankton and insect larvae (Ref. 5595). Sometimes feeds at the surface (Ref. 4967). It feeds on other fishes, but grain, insects (e.g. Corethra edulis) and small crustaceans have also been found in stomach contents (Ref. 78218). A female was caught at Nkhata Bay at between 20 and 50 m of depth (Ref. 78218).

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

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Anseaume, L. and G.G. Teugels, 1999. On the rehabilitation of the clariid catfish genus Bathyclarias endemic to the East African Rift Lake Malawi. J. Fish Biol. 55:405-419. (Ref. 33565)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: commercial; aquarium: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5039   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00676 (0.00306 - 0.01496), b=3.00 (2.82 - 3.18), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)Family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.7   ±0.58 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  High vulnerability (63 of 100) .
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Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.