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Galeichthys feliceps
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Siluriformes
Family: Ariidae
Subfamily: Galeichthyinae
Genus: Galeichthys
Valenciennes in G. Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1840
Type species
Galeichthys feliceps
Valenciennes, 1840

Galeichthys is a genus of sea catfishes (order Siluriformes).[1] The only genus in the subfamily Galeichthyinae, this genus includes four species.[2]


Galeichthys: Greek, galeos = a shark + Greek, ichthys = fish[3]



Galeichthys species are predominantly marine species distributed in Southern Africa and northwestern South America.[4]


These fish have three pairs of barbels: a pair of fleshy and cylindrical maxillary barbels and two pairs of mental barbels. The base of the adipose fin is as long as the base of the anal fin.


  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. 
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2011). Species of Galeichthys in FishBase. December 2011 version.
  3. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2016). "Galeichthys feliceps" in FishBase. April 2016 version.
  4. ^ Marceniuk, Alexandre P.; Menezes, Naércio A. (2007). "Systematics of the family Ariidae (Ostariophysi, Siluriformes), with a redefinition of the genera" (PDF). Zootaxa. 1416: 1–126.