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Pardiglanis tarabinii  Poll , Lanza & Romoli Sassi, 1972,

Somalian giant catfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes (Catfish) > Claroteidae (Claroteid catfishes) > Claroteinae
Etymology: Pardiglanis: Greek, pardias, -ou = a fish similar to grey mullet + Greek, glanis = a fish that can eat the bait without touching the hook; a cat fish (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Poll.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; demersal.   Tropical; 8°N - 1°N

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 75.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 41277); 68.3 cm SL (female)

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Africa: rivers Tana (Kenya) and Juba (Somalia); probably also in the Uebi Shebeli (Somalia); possibly present in the Northern Uaso Nyiro (Kenya) (Ref. 78218).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Lives in mud at bottom of rivers. Latest (March 2000) male specimen caught in rather shallow water on the sandy bottom of the river, which had a very low water level following a long period of drought (in Kenya). Female (caught later in 2000) (Ref. 41277).

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De Vos, L., 2001. Rediscovery of the giant catfish Pardiglanis tarabinii (Siluriformes: Claroteidae). Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 12(3):213-214.

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Fisheries: of no interest
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 1.0000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01070 (0.00374 - 0.03062), b=3.07 (2.82 - 3.31), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.5   ±0.6 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 to high vulnerability (54 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.