Schilbeidae

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Schilbid catfish
Clupisoma garua
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Siluriformes
Superfamily: Bagroidea
Family: Schilbeidae
Genera

Ailia
Ailiichthys
Clupisoma
Eutropiichthys
Irvineia
Laides
Neotropius
Parailia
Pareutropius
Platytropius
Proeutropiichthys
Pseudeutropius
Schilbe
Silonia
Siluranodon

The schilbid catfishes (Schilbeidae) are a family of catfishes native to Africa and southern 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 Ailia and 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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2007). "Schilbeidae" in FishBase. Mar 2007 version.
  2. ^ a b c Nelson, Joseph, S. (2006). Fishes of the World. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN 0-471-25031-7.