Clarias gariepinus (Burchell, 1822)


Genus: Clarias Scopoli

Body elongated and compressed, head depressed, mouth terminal, wide and transverse. Eyes small, barbels 4 pairs, rayed dorsal fin without a spine, long extending beyond occiput to caudal fin base. Adipose dorsal fin absent, anal fin long extending from middle of the body to caudal fin base.

Synonyms: Clarias mossambicus Peters, 1852; Macropteronotus charmuth Lacepede, 1803; Silurus gariepinus Burchell, 1822.

Diagnosis: Dorsal fin rays 61-80, anal 45-65, pectoral 1/9-11. Anterior edge of pectoral spine serrated, body with greyish molted marking.


Common name: Walking catfish, North African catfish, magur


Amochhu: Torsa (Chukha)

Altitude: 140 MASL

Conservation status: Introduced