This is one of the large river catfishes of Africa. We were able to import some specimens once more from Nigeria. However, the species has a very far distribution and is found in the Nile, most parts of West Africa and also in the rivers that flow through the savannahs and riparian forests of East Africa. The species can become as long as 80 cm.
In the aquarium these cats are rather peaceful, but of course small fish are eaten. Clarotes laticeps is swimming more often if the open water than one is used to see from that type of fish. They also try to jump for food over the water surface; so it is wise to cover the tank properly.
For our customers: the fish have code 114954 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Available in small numbers only!
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer