Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Clariidae
Etymology: Channallabes: Greek, channe, -es = an anchovy + Greek, allabes, -etos = a fish of the Nile, a kind of lamprey (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; demersal; pH range: 6.5 - 7.8; dH range: ? - 25. Tropical; 22°C - 25°C (Ref. 2060), preferred ?; 3°N - 10°S
Africa: Kouilou basin (Congo Republic) to Loge River basin (Angola), including the lower, middle and upper Congo River basin (Congo Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola) (Ref. 58526, 106245).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 32.7 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 3820)
Prefers forest streams and swamps, where it lurks among the roots of trees and may even capture its prey on land. Also found in rapids (Ref. 78218). Channallabes apus is an omnivore (Ref. 78218).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Teugels, G.G., 1986. Clariidae. p. 66-101. 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. 3820)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: ; aquarium: commercial
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5156 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00102 (0.00046 - 0.00225), b=3.06 (2.88 - 3.24), based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (26 of 100) .