From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Ancharius fuscus.jpg
Ancharius fuscus
Scientific classification e
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Siluriformes
Superfamily: Arioidea
Family: Anchariidae
Glaw & Vences, 1994


The Anchariidae are a family of catfishes containing two genera, Ancharius and Gogo[1] with 6 species. Anchariids are a strictly freshwater group endemic to Madagascar.[2] Anchariids are characterized by the presence of fringed barbels and a reduced anterior nuchal plate.[2]

Traditionally, Ancharius is classified in Ariidae. The general consensus in recent years is that anchariids are members of Ariidae and do not warrant family rank.[2] However, this family was recently revised in 2005, which reinstated the separate family for Ancharius and described the genus Gogo.[2]

A molecular analysis grouped Anchariidae with Ariidae under the superfamily Arioidea.[3]


  1. ^ Ferraris, Carl J., Jr. (2007). "Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types" (PDF). Zootaxa. 1418: 1–628. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.1418.1.1.
  2. ^ a b c d Ng, Heok Hee; Sparks, John S. (2005). "Revision of the endemic Malagasy catfish family Anchariidae (Teleostei: Siluriformes), with descriptions of a new genus and three new species". Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwaters (PDF). 16 (4): 303–323.
  3. ^ Sullivan, JP; Lundberg JG; Hardman M (2006). "A phylogenetic analysis of the major groups of catfishes (Teleostei: Siluriformes) using rag1 and rag2 nuclear gene sequences". Mol Phylogenet Evol. 41 (3): 636–62. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2006.05.044. PMID 16876440.