Tete sea catfish

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Tete sea catfish
MA Luisenpark Sciades seemanni.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Siluriformes
Family: Ariidae
Genus: Ariopsis
Species: A. seemanni
Binomial name
Ariopsis seemanni
(Günther, 1864)

Arius seemanni Günther, 1864
Galeichthys gilberti Jordan & Williams, 1895
Galeichthys eigenmanni Gilbert & Starks, 1904
Galeichthys simonsi Starks, 1906
Sciades seemanni (Günther, 1864)
Tachisurus jordani Eigenmann & Eigenmann, 1888

The Tete sea catfish (Ariopsis seemanni) or Colombian shark catfish is a species of sea catfish in the family Ariidae, native to Pacific-draining rivers and estuaries in Central and South America.[1]

In the aquarium[edit]

Tete sea catfishes are occasionally available in the pet trade under a variety of names, including Colombian (or Columbian) shark, silver tipped shark, white tip shark catfish, black fin shark, Christian catfish, Jordan's catfish, and West American cat shark. However, they are not appropriate for most aquarists because they must be acclimated from freshwater to saltwater as they mature. It requires a very large tank due to its size and active swimming habits.[2]


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2011). "Ariopsis seemanni" in FishBase. December 2011 version.
  2. ^ Columbian Shark. FishLore.com. Retrieved on December 3, 2008.