Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Schilbeidae
Etymology: marmoratus: Named for the origin of the type material of this species, originating from the Congo Basin (Ref. 43912). More on author: Boulenger.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal; pH range: 6.0 - 7.5; dH range: ? - 20. Tropical; 24°C - 26°C (Ref. 2059)
Africa: Chiloango basin in Angola (Cabinda enclave) and Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the middle and upper Congo River basin including Pool Malebo (= Stanley Pool) and the drainages of the Ubangi and Kasai (Ref. 43912, 78218). Probably absent from the Chad basin (Ref. 43912).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 21.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 3570)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 1. Diagnosis: adipose fin always absent; head rounded; lower jaw shorter than upper jaw; nasal barbel at least reaching to anterior border of opercle; inner side of pectoral spine feebly serrated; particular coloration characterized by irregularly marbled pattern; caudal and anal fin almost continuous (Ref. 43912).
Confined to lakes and rivers of moderate size; forest species which is often found in small forest waters; mainly carnivorous (Ref. 43912). Oviparous, eggs are unguarded (Ref. 205).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Distinct pairing (Ref. 205).
De Vos, L., 1986. Schilbeidae. p. 36-53. In J. Daget, J.-P. Gosse and D.F.E. Thys van den Audenaerde (eds.) Check-list of the freshwater fishes of Africa (CLOFFA). ISNB, Brussels; MRAC, Tervuren; and ORSTOM, Paris. Vol. 2. (Ref. 3570)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: ; aquarium: commercial
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00562 (0.00254 - 0.01244), b=3.02 (2.83 - 3.21), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.5 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Assuming fec > 10,000).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (34 of 100) .