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Schilbe mystus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Siluriformes
Family: Schilbeidae
Bleeker, 1858
Genera [1]

Eutropiichthys Bleeker, 1862
Irvineia Trewavas, 1943
Neotropius Kulkarni, 1952
Parailia Boulenger, 1899
Pareutropius Regan, 1920
Platytropius Hora, 1937
Proeutropiichthys Hora, 1937
Schilbe Oken, 1817
Silonia Swainson, 1838
Siluranodon Bleeker, 1858

Schilbeidae is a family of catfishes native to Africa and Asia.[1] These fish tend to swim in open water.[2]

Schilbid catfishes usually have dorsal fins with a short base and a spine, but Parailia lack a dorsal fin altogether. Most species also possess an adipose fin. The base of the anal fin is very long. There are usually four pairs of barbels. Several species lack anal fins.[2]

The family name is sometimes spelled Schilbidae in scientific literature.[2]


  1. ^ a b Wang, J., Lu, B., Zan, R., Chai, J., Ma, W., Jin, W., Duan, R., Luo, J., Murphy, R.W., Xiao, H. & Chen, Z. (2016): Phylogenetic Relationships of Five Asian Schilbid Genera Including Clupisoma (Siluriformes: Schilbeidae). PLoS ONE, 11 (1): e0145675.
  2. ^ a b c Nelson, J.S. (2006). Fishes of the World. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN 0-471-25031-7.