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  Clarias leiacanthus
  Family Name : Clariidae

  Taxonomic Group : Vertebrates (Fish)

  Common Names : Forest Walking Catfish

 
Forest Walking Catfish
  • Description
    • Size :
      40 cm
      Description :
      Resembles Clarias batrachus, but has a wider gap between start of dorsal fin and bony head plate. Head is more angular when viewed from above. Dorsal and anal fins are not joined to caudal fin. Body greyish-brown, scaleless, with vertical rows of yellowish spots on the sides, and four pairs of long barbels present on mouth.
  • Ecology, Habitat & Location
    • Ecological Notes :
      Has the ability to live out of water for some time, and can travel short distances on land. Omnivorous, nocturnal and can be found mainly at the bottom of the water body. Found in forest streams and acidic swamps.
      Habitats :
      Forest, Freshwater
      Distribution :
      Found in Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Central Catchment Nature Reserve in Singapore. Worldwide, can be found in the Malay Peninsula, Java, Sumatra and Borneo.
      Nature Reserves :
      Central Catchment Nature Reserve, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
  • Status
    • Species Status :
      Native
      Conservation Status :
      Common
  • References
    • Ho, J.K.I., Ramchunder, S.J., Theng, M., Memory, A., Li, T., Clews, E., Cai, Y.X., Tan, H.H and Yeo, D.C.J.. 2016. A Guide to the Freshwater Faun of Nee Soon Swamp Forest. Singapore: Lee kong Chian Natural History Museum & Tropical Marine Science Institute, National University of Singapore. 139pp 

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