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Family: Ariidae Sea catfishes



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Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 32 cm FL

 
Amissidens hainesi
[Ridged catfish]
No picture found
Western Atlantic
Max. Length 30 cm TL

 
Amphiarius phrygiatus
[Kukwari sea catfish]
No picture found
South America
Max. Length 45 cm TL

 
Amphiarius rugispinis
[Softhead sea catfish]

Photo by Granados-Dieseldorff, P. & M. Christensen

Central America
Max. Length 35 cm TL
Ariopsis assimilis (Günther, 1864)

Photo by Granados-Dieseldorff, P. & M. Christensen
 
Ariopsis assimilis
[Mayan sea catfish]

Photo by Ng, H.H.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 70 cm TL
Ariopsis felis (Linnaeus, 1766)

Photo by Ng, H.H.
 
Ariopsis felis
[Hardhead sea catfish]

Photo by Robertson, R.

Central America
Max. Length 37 cm TL
Ariopsis guatemalensis (Günther, 1864)

Photo by Robertson, R.
 
Ariopsis guatemalensis
[Blue sea catfish]

Photo by Landines, M.

Central and South America
Max. Length 35 cm TL
Ariopsis seemanni (Günther, 1864)

Photo by Landines, M.
 
Ariopsis seemanni
[Tete sea catfish]

Photo by Vidthayanon, C.

Asia
Max. Length 40 cm NG
Arius acutirostris Day, 1877

Photo by Vidthayanon, C.
 
Arius acutirostris
[]

Photo by FAO

Africa
Max. Length 45 cm SL
Arius africanus Günther, 1867

Photo by FAO
 
Arius africanus
[African sea catfish]

Photo by FAO

Western Pacific
Max. Length 29 cm SL
Arius arenarius (Müller & Troschel, 1849)

Photo by FAO
 
Arius arenarius
[Sand catfish]

Photo by Vidthayanon, C.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 40 cm SL
Arius arius (Hamilton, 1822)

Photo by Vidthayanon, C.
 
Arius arius
[Threadfin sea catfish]
No picture found
Africa
Max. Length 35 cm TL

 
Arius brunellii
[]
No picture found
Western Indian Ocean

 
Arius cous
[]

Photo by FAO

Asia
Max. Length 34 cm SL
Arius dispar Herre, 1926

Photo by FAO
 
Arius dispar
[Fleshysnout catfish]
No picture found
Africa
Max. Length 15.1 cm SL

 
Arius festinus
[]

Photo by FAO

Indian Ocean
Max. Length 91.4 cm SL
Arius gagora (Hamilton, 1822)

Photo by FAO
 
Arius gagora
[Gagora catfish]

Photo by Hippocampus-Bildarchiv

Africa
Max. Length 165 cm TL
Arius gigas Boulenger, 1911

Photo by Hippocampus-Bildarchiv
 
Arius gigas
[Giant sea catfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indian Ocean
Max. Length 30 cm TL
Arius jella Day, 1877

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Arius jella
[Blackfin sea catfish]

Photo by JJPhoto

Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 85 cm TL
Arius latiscutatus Günther, 1864

Photo by JJPhoto
 
Arius latiscutatus
[Rough-head sea catfish]

Photo by FAO

Western Pacific.
Max. Length 21.1 cm TL
Arius leptonotacanthus Bleeker, 1849

Photo by FAO
 
Arius leptonotacanthus
[]
No picture found
Asia

 
Arius macracanthus
[]

Photo by Gloerfelt-Tarp, T.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 80 cm TL
Arius maculatus (Thunberg, 1792)

Photo by Gloerfelt-Tarp, T.
 
Arius maculatus
[Spotted catfish]

Photo by FAO

Africa
Max. Length 70 cm SL
Arius madagascariensis Vaillant, 1894

Photo by FAO
 
Arius madagascariensis
[Madagascar sea catfish]
No picture found
Indian Ocean

 
Arius malabaricus
[]

Photo by FAO

Asia
Max. Length 29.6 cm SL
Arius manillensis Valenciennes, 1840

Photo by FAO
 
Arius manillensis
[]

Photo by FAO

Western Pacific
Max. Length 60 cm TL
Arius microcephalus Bleeker, 1855

Photo by FAO
 
Arius microcephalus
[Squirrelheaded catfish]
No picture found
Asia

 
Arius nudidens
[]

Photo by FAO

Western Pacific.
Max. Length 22.5 cm TL
Arius oetik Bleeker, 1846

Photo by FAO
 
Arius oetik
[]

Photo by Alvheim, O./Institute of Marine Research (IMR)

Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 75 cm TL
Arius parkii Günther, 1864

Photo by Alvheim, O./Institute of Marine Research (IMR)
 
Arius parkii
[Guinean sea catfish]

Photo by FAO

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 39.5 cm NG
Arius subrostratus Valenciennes, 1840

Photo by FAO
 
Arius subrostratus
[Shovelnose sea catfish]

Photo by FAO

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 32 cm TL
Arius sumatranus (Anonymous [Bennett], 1830)

Photo by FAO
 
Arius sumatranus
[Goat catfish]
No picture found
Africa
Max. Length 19.9 cm SL

 
Arius uncinatus
[]

Photo by FAO

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 30 cm TL
Arius venosus Valenciennes, 1840

Photo by FAO
 
Arius venosus
[Veined catfish]
No picture found
Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 25.4 cm SL

 
Aspistor hardenbergi
[]

Photo by Carvalho Filho, A.

South America
Max. Length 120 cm TL
Aspistor luniscutis (Valenciennes, 1840)

Photo by Carvalho Filho, A.
 
Aspistor luniscutis
[]

Photo by Carvalho Filho, A.

South America
Max. Length 50 cm TL
Aspistor quadriscutis (Valenciennes, 1840)

Photo by Carvalho Filho, A.
 
Aspistor quadriscutis
[Bressou sea catfish]

Photo by Kolding, J.

South America
Max. Length 55 cm TL
Bagre bagre (Linnaeus, 1766)

Photo by Kolding, J.
 
Bagre bagre
[Coco sea catfish]

Photo by JJPhoto

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 69 cm TL
Bagre marinus (Mitchill, 1815)

Photo by JJPhoto
 
Bagre marinus
[Gafftopsail sea catfish]

Photo by Robertson, R.

Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 51 cm TL
Bagre panamensis (Gill, 1863)

Photo by Robertson, R.
 
Bagre panamensis
[Chilhuil sea catfish]

Photo by Robertson, R.

North, Central and South
Max. Length 95 cm TL
Bagre pinnimaculatus (Steindachner, 1876)

Photo by Robertson, R.
 
Bagre pinnimaculatus
[Red sea catfish]

Photo by Khan, M.M.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 25 cm TL
Batrachocephalus mino (Hamilton, 1822)

Photo by Khan, M.M.
 
Batrachocephalus mino
[Beardless sea catfish]
No picture found
Oceania
Max. Length 30 cm SL

 
Brustiarius nox
[Comb-gilled catfish]
No picture found
Asia and Oceania
Max. Length 60 cm SL

 
Brustiarius solidus
[Hard-palate catfish]

Photo by Alvheim, O./Institute of Marine Research (IMR)

Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 83 cm TL
Carlarius heudelotii (Valenciennes, 1840)

Photo by Alvheim, O./Institute of Marine Research (IMR)
 
Carlarius heudelotii
[Smoothmouth sea catfish]
No picture found
South America
Max. Length 22 cm TL

 
Cathorops agassizii
[]
No picture found
Central America
Max. Length 22.7 cm SL

 
Cathorops aguadulce
[Estuarine sea catfish]

Photo by FAO

South America
Max. Length 25 cm SL
Cathorops arenatus (Valenciennes, 1840)

Photo by FAO
 
Cathorops arenatus
[]
No picture found
Western Central Atlantic
Max. Length 24.8 cm SL

 
Cathorops belizensis
[Belize sea catfish]

Photo by Allen, G.R.

Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 29 cm TL
Cathorops dasycephalus (Günther, 1864)

Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Cathorops dasycephalus
[Bigbelly sea catfish]

Photo by Allen, G.R.

North, Central and South
Max. Length 28 cm TL
Cathorops fuerthii (Steindachner, 1876)

Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Cathorops fuerthii
[Congo sea catfish]
No picture found
Western Central Atlantic
Max. Length 19.2 cm SL

 
Cathorops higuchii
[]

Photo by Allen, G.R.

Central America
Max. Length 35 cm TL
Cathorops hypophthalmus (Steindachner, 1876)

Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Cathorops hypophthalmus
[Gloomy sea catfish]

Photo by Perusquía, E.

Central America
Max. Length 21.4 cm SL
Cathorops kailolae Marceniuk & Betancur-R., 2008

Photo by Perusquía, E.
 
Cathorops kailolae
[Papillate sea catfish]
No picture found
Central America
Max. Length 19.7 cm SL

 
Cathorops liropus
[Conguito sea catfish]
No picture found
South America
Max. Length 19.5 cm SL

 
Cathorops manglarensis
[]
No picture found
South America
Max. Length 30.6 cm TL

 
Cathorops mapale
[]

Photo by Ayala Pérez, L.A.

Central America
Max. Length 23 cm TL
Cathorops melanopus (Günther, 1864)

Photo by Ayala Pérez, L.A.
 
Cathorops melanopus
[Dark sea catfish]

Photo by Robertson, R.

Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 30 cm TL
Cathorops multiradiatus (Günther, 1864)

Photo by Robertson, R.
 
Cathorops multiradiatus
[Box sea catfish]
No picture found
South America
Max. Length 24.5 cm SL

 
Cathorops nuchalis
[]
No picture found
Southwestern Atlantic

 
Cathorops puncticulatus
[]
No picture found
Eastern Central Pacific

 
Cathorops raredonae
[Curator sea catfish]

Photo by Camargo, M.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 30 cm TL
Cathorops spixii (Agassiz, 1829)

Photo by Camargo, M.
 
Cathorops spixii
[Madamango sea catfish]

Photo by Allen, G.R.

Central America
Max. Length 36 cm TL
Cathorops steindachneri (Gilbert & Starks, 1904)

Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Cathorops steindachneri
[Steindachner's sea catfish]
No picture found
Central America
Max. Length 28.3 cm SL

 
Cathorops taylori
[]

Photo by Robertson, R.

Central and South America
Max. Length 29 cm TL
Cathorops tuyra (Meek & Hildebrand, 1923)

Photo by Robertson, R.
 
Cathorops tuyra
[Besudo sea catfish]
No picture found
South America

 
Cathorops variolosus
[]
No picture found
Western Atlantic
Max. Length 31.4 cm SL

 
Cathorops wayuu
[]

Photo by Martin-Smith, K.

Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 30 cm SL
Cephalocassis borneensis (Bleeker, 1851)

Photo by Martin-Smith, K.
 
Cephalocassis borneensis
[]

Photo by Vidthayanon, C.

Asia
Max. Length 30 cm NG
Cephalocassis jatia (Hamilton, 1822)

Photo by Vidthayanon, C.
 
Cephalocassis jatia
[River catfish]
No picture found
Asia
Max. Length 26 cm TL

 
Cephalocassis manillensis
[]

Photo by Ng, H.H.

Asia
Max. Length 30 cm TL
Cephalocassis melanochir (Bleeker, 1852)

Photo by Ng, H.H.
 
Cephalocassis melanochir
[]
No picture found
Asia and Oceania
Max. Length 40 cm SL

 
Cinetodus carinatus
[Comb-spined catfish]
No picture found
Asia
Max. Length 20 cm SL

 
Cinetodus conorhynchus
[Lorentz catfish]
No picture found
Oceania
Max. Length 50 cm SL

 
Cinetodus crassilabris
[Thick-lipped catfish]

Photo by FAO

Oceania
Max. Length 48 cm SL
Cinetodus froggatti (Ramsay & Ogilby, 1886)

Photo by FAO
 
Cinetodus froggatti
[Smallmouthed salmon catfish]

Photo by Vidthayanon, C.

Asia
Max. Length 40 cm NG
Cochlefelis burmanicus (Day, 1870)

Photo by Vidthayanon, C.
 
Cochlefelis burmanicus
[]

Photo by FAO

Asia and Oceania
Max. Length 45 cm SL
Cochlefelis danielsi (Regan, 1908)

Photo by FAO
 
Cochlefelis danielsi
[Daniel's catfish]
No picture found
Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 35 cm SL

 
Cochlefelis insidiator
[Flat catfish]
No picture found
Asia and Oceania
Max. Length 60 cm SL

 
Cochlefelis spatula
[Duckbilled catfish]

Photo by FAO

Asia
Max. Length 26 cm TL
Cryptarius daugueti (Chevey, 1932)

Photo by FAO
 
Cryptarius daugueti
[]

Photo by Jean-Francois Helias / Fishing Adventures Thailand

Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 42 cm SL
Cryptarius truncatus (Valenciennes, 1840)

Photo by Jean-Francois Helias / Fishing Adventures Thailand
 
Cryptarius truncatus
[]

Photo by SFSA

Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 45 cm TL
Galeichthys ater Castelnau, 1861

Photo by SFSA
 
Galeichthys ater
[Black seacatfish]

Photo by Alvheim, O./Institute of Marine Research (IMR)

Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 55 cm TL
Galeichthys feliceps Valenciennes, 1840

Photo by Alvheim, O./Institute of Marine Research (IMR)
 
Galeichthys feliceps
[White barbel]

Photo by Eakins, R.

Southeastern Pacific
Max. Length 35 cm TL
Galeichthys peruvianus Lütken, 1874

Photo by Eakins, R.
 
Galeichthys peruvianus
[Peruvian sea catfish]

Photo by Mann, B.

Indian Ocean
Max. Length 50 cm SL
Galeichthys trowi Kulongowski, 2010

Photo by Mann, B.
 
Galeichthys trowi
[]

Photo by Sverlij, S.

Southwest Atlantic
Max. Length 120 cm TL
Genidens barbus (Lacepède, 1803)

Photo by Sverlij, S.
 
Genidens barbus
[White sea catfish]

Photo by Sazima, I.

Southwest Atlantic
Max. Length 35 cm TL
Genidens genidens (Cuvier, 1829)

Photo by Sazima, I.
 
Genidens genidens
[Guri sea catfish]
No picture found
Southwestern Atlantic
Max. Length 80 cm TL

 
Genidens machadoi
[]

Photo by Fischer, L.G.

South America
Max. Length 57 cm SL
Genidens planifrons (Higuchi, Reis & Araújo, 1982)

Photo by Fischer, L.G.
 
Genidens planifrons
[]
No picture found
Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 120 cm SL

 
Hemiarius dioctes
[Warrior catfish]

Photo by WWF / Vidthayanon, C.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Hemiarius harmandi Sauvage, 1880

Photo by WWF / Vidthayanon, C.
 
Hemiarius harmandi
[]

Photo by Ng, H.H.

Asia
Max. Length 50 cm TL
Hemiarius stormii (Bleeker, 1858)

Photo by Ng, H.H.
 
Hemiarius stormii
[Armoured sea catfish]
No picture found
Asia
Max. Length 80 cm TL

 
Hemiarius verrucosus
[]
No picture found
South America.

 
Hexanematichthys henni
[]

Photo by FAO

Indo-west Pacific
Max. Length 51 cm TL
Hexanematichthys mastersi (Ogilby, 1898)

Photo by FAO
 
Hexanematichthys mastersi
[Master's catfish]

Photo by NREB, Sarawak/ DANIDA

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 45 cm TL
Hexanematichthys sagor (Hamilton, 1822)

Photo by NREB, Sarawak/ DANIDA
 
Hexanematichthys sagor
[Sagor catfish]

Photo by Ng, H.H.

Asia
Max. Length 25 cm TL
Ketengus typus Bleeker, 1846

Photo by Ng, H.H.
 
Ketengus typus
[Bigmouth sea catfish]
No picture found
Asia and Oceania
Max. Length 20 cm SL

 
Nedystoma dayi
[Day's catfish]

Photo by FAO

Asia and Oceania
Max. Length 15 cm SL
Nedystoma novaeguineae (Weber, 1913)

Photo by FAO
 
Nedystoma novaeguineae
[Spoon-snouted catfish]

Photo by FAO

Western Pacific
Max. Length 39.5 cm SL
Nemapteryx armiger (De Vis, 1884)

Photo by FAO
 
Nemapteryx armiger
[Threadfin catfish]
No picture found
Oceania
Max. Length 60 cm SL

 
Nemapteryx augusta
[Short barbelled catfish]

Photo by FAO

Western Pacific
Max. Length 17 cm SL
Nemapteryx bleekeri (Popta, 1900)

Photo by FAO
 
Nemapteryx bleekeri
[Bleeker's catfish]

Photo by Osmany, H.B.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 45 cm TL
Nemapteryx caelata (Valenciennes, 1840)

Photo by Osmany, H.B.
 
Nemapteryx caelata
[Engraved catfish]

Photo by FAO

Indo-west Pacific
Max. Length 30 cm TL
Nemapteryx macronotacantha (Bleeker, 1846)

Photo by FAO
 
Nemapteryx macronotacantha
[]

Photo by Jean-Francois Helias / Fishing Adventures Thailand

Indo-west Pacific
Max. Length 30 cm TL
Nemapteryx nenga (Hamilton, 1822)

Photo by Jean-Francois Helias / Fishing Adventures Thailand
 
Nemapteryx nenga
[]

Photo by JJPhoto

Oceania
Max. Length 45 cm SL
Neoarius berneyi (Whitley, 1941)

Photo by JJPhoto
 
Neoarius berneyi
[Highfin catfish]
No picture found
Oceania
Max. Length 75 cm SL

 
Neoarius coatesi
[Coates' catfish]

Photo by JJPhoto

Western Pacific
Max. Length 60 cm SL
Neoarius graeffei (Kner & Steindachner, 1867)

Photo by JJPhoto
 
Neoarius graeffei
[Blue salmon catfish]
No picture found
Asia and Oceania
Max. Length 50 cm SL

 
Neoarius latirostris
[Broad-snouted catfish]

Photo by FAO

Western Pacific
Max. Length 60 cm SL
Neoarius leptaspis (Bleeker, 1862)

Photo by FAO
 
Neoarius leptaspis
[Salmon catfish]
No picture found
Oceania
Max. Length 140 cm SL

 
Neoarius midgleyi
[Silver cobbler]
No picture found
Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 39.3 cm FL

 
Neoarius pectoralis
[Sawspine catfish]
No picture found
Oceania
Max. Length 40 cm SL

 
Neoarius taylori
[Taylor's catfish]

Photo by FAO

Asia and Oceania
Max. Length 55 cm SL
Neoarius utarus (Kailola, 1990)

Photo by FAO
 
Neoarius utarus
[Northern rivers catfish]
No picture found
Asia and Oceania
Max. Length 60 cm SL

 
Neoarius velutinus
[Papillate catfish]

Photo by Gloerfelt-Tarp, T.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 62 cm SL
Netuma bilineata (Valenciennes, 1840)

Photo by Gloerfelt-Tarp, T.
 
Netuma bilineata
[Bronze catfish]

Photo by Biddle, T.

Western Pacific.
Max. Length 46 cm SL
Netuma proxima (Ogilby, 1898)

Photo by Biddle, T.
 
Netuma proxima
[Arafura catfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 185 cm TL
Netuma thalassina (Rüppell, 1837)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Netuma thalassina
[Giant catfish]
No picture found
Southeast Pacific
Max. Length 20.8 cm SL

 
Notarius armbrusteri
[]
No picture found
Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 32.4 cm SL

 
Notarius biffi
[]

Photo by Landines, M.

South America
Max. Length 80 cm TL
Notarius bonillai (Miles, 1945)

Photo by Landines, M.
 
Notarius bonillai
[New Granada sea catfish]

Photo by Allen, G.R.

Central and South America
Max. Length 42.8 cm SL
Notarius cookei (Acero P. & Betancur-R., 2002)

Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Notarius cookei
[]

Photo by Kolding, J.

South America
Max. Length 63 cm TL
Notarius grandicassis (Valenciennes, 1840)

Photo by Kolding, J.
 
Notarius grandicassis
[Thomas sea catfish]
No picture found
Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 32.5 cm TL

 
Notarius insculptus
[]

Photo by Robertson, R.

Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 45 cm TL
Notarius kessleri (Steindachner, 1876)

Photo by Robertson, R.
 
Notarius kessleri
[Sculptured sea catfish]

Photo by FAO

Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 35 cm TL
Notarius lentiginosus (Eigenmann & Eigenmann, 1888)

Photo by FAO
 
Notarius lentiginosus
[Freckled sea catfish]
No picture found
Western Atlantic
Max. Length 36 cm TL

 
Notarius neogranatensis
[Caribbean sculptured sea catfish]

Photo by Allen, G.R.

Central America
Max. Length 28 cm SL
Notarius osculus (Jordan & Gilbert, 1883)

Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Notarius osculus
[Chomba sea catfish]

Photo by Robertson, R.

Central America
Max. Length 60 cm TL
Notarius planiceps (Steindachner, 1876)

Photo by Robertson, R.
 
Notarius planiceps
[Flathead sea catfish]

Photo by Robertson, R.

Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 70.6 cm TL
Notarius troschelii (Gill, 1863)

Photo by Robertson, R.
 
Notarius troschelii
[Chili sea catfish]

Photo by Robertson, R.

Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 50 cm TL
Occidentarius platypogon (Günther, 1864)

Photo by Robertson, R.
 
Occidentarius platypogon
[Cominate sea catfish]

Photo by NREB, Sarawak/ DANIDA

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 35 cm TL
Osteogeneiosus militaris (Linnaeus, 1758)

Photo by NREB, Sarawak/ DANIDA
 
Osteogeneiosus militaris
[Soldier catfish]

Photo by FAO

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 50 cm TL
Plicofollis argyropleuron (Valenciennes, 1840)

Photo by FAO
 
Plicofollis argyropleuron
[Longsnouted catfish]

Photo by Osmany, H.B.

Indo-west Pacific
Max. Length 62 cm SL
Plicofollis dussumieri (Valenciennes, 1840)

Photo by Osmany, H.B.
 
Plicofollis dussumieri
[Blacktip sea catfish]
No picture found
Asia
Max. Length 45 cm TL

 
Plicofollis magatensis
[]

Photo by FAO

Western Pacific
Max. Length 47 cm TL
Plicofollis nella (Valenciennes, 1840)

Photo by FAO
 
Plicofollis nella
[Smooth-headed catfish]

Photo by FAO

Indian Ocean
Max. Length 31 cm TL
Plicofollis platystomus (Day, 1877)

Photo by FAO
 
Plicofollis platystomus
[Flatmouth sea catfish]

Photo by FAO

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 35 cm SL
Plicofollis polystaphylodon (Bleeker, 1846)

Photo by FAO
 
Plicofollis polystaphylodon
[Mozambique sea catfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 36 cm TL
Plicofollis tenuispinis (Day, 1877)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Plicofollis tenuispinis
[Thinspine sea catfish]

Photo by Gloerfelt-Tarp, T.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 40 cm TL
Plicofollis tonggol (Bleeker, 1846)

Photo by Gloerfelt-Tarp, T.
 
Plicofollis tonggol
[Roughback sea catfish]
No picture found
South America
Max. Length 35 cm SL

 
Potamarius grandoculis
[]
No picture found
Central America
Max. Length 44 cm SL

 
Potamarius izabalensis
[]

Photo by Granados-Dieseldorff, P. & M. Christensen

Central America
Max. Length 39 cm SL
Potamarius nelsoni (Evermann & Goldsborough, 1902)

Photo by Granados-Dieseldorff, P. & M. Christensen
 
Potamarius nelsoni
[Lacandon sea catfish]
No picture found
Central America
Max. Length 59.5 cm SL

 
Potamarius usumacintae
[Usumacinta sea catfish]
No picture found
Asia and Oceania
Max. Length 50 cm SL

 
Potamosilurus macrorhynchus
[Sharp-nosed catfish]
No picture found
South America
Max. Length 97 cm TL

 
Sciades couma
[Couma sea catfish]

Photo by Allen, G.R.

Central and South America
Max. Length 90 cm TL
Sciades dowii (Gill, 1863)

Photo by Allen, G.R.
 
Sciades dowii
[Flapnose sea catfish]

Photo by Krumme, U.

South America
Max. Length 94.2 cm TL
Sciades herzbergii (Bloch, 1794)

Photo by Krumme, U.
 
Sciades herzbergii
[Pemecou sea catfish]

Photo by Figueiredo, J.L./Menezes, N.A.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 190 cm TL
Sciades parkeri (Traill, 1832)

Photo by Figueiredo, J.L./Menezes, N.A.
 
Sciades parkeri
[Gillbacker sea catfish]

Photo by Krumme, U.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 100 cm TL
Sciades passany (Valenciennes, 1840)

Photo by Krumme, U.
 
Sciades passany
[Passany sea catfish]

Photo by Tait, J.

Oceania
Max. Length 130 cm TL
Sciades paucus (Kailola, 2000)

Photo by Tait, J.
 
Sciades paucus
[]

Photo by Kolding, J.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 100 cm TL
Sciades proops (Valenciennes, 1840)

Photo by Kolding, J.
 
Sciades proops
[Crucifix sea catfish]

Photo by Osmany, H.B.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 92 cm TL
Sciades sona (Hamilton, 1822)

Photo by Osmany, H.B.
 
Sciades sona
[Sona sea catfish]
153 Species of Family Ariidae
(Sea catfishes)
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Year Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm)
2000 Amissidens hainesi Ridged catfish Western Central Pacific 32 FL
1840 Amphiarius phrygiatus Kukwari sea catfish Western Atlantic 30 TL
1840 Amphiarius rugispinis Softhead sea catfish South America 45 TL
1864 Ariopsis assimilis Mayan sea catfish Central America 35 TL
1766 Ariopsis felis Hardhead sea catfish Western Atlantic 70 TL
1864 Ariopsis guatemalensis Blue sea catfish Central America 37 TL
1864 Ariopsis seemanni Tete sea catfish Central and South America 35 TL
1877 Arius acutirostris Asia 40 NG
1867 Arius africanus African sea catfish Africa 45 SL
1849 Arius arenarius Sand catfish Western Pacific 29 SL
1822 Arius arius Threadfin sea catfish Indo-West Pacific 40 SL
1939 Arius brunellii Africa 35 TL
1859 Arius cous Western Indian Ocean
1926 Arius dispar Fleshysnout catfish Asia 34 SL
2003 Arius festinus Africa 15.1 SL
1822 Arius gagora Gagora catfish Indian Ocean 91.4 SL
1911 Arius gigas Giant sea catfish Africa 165 TL
1877 Arius jella Blackfin sea catfish Indian Ocean 30 TL
1864 Arius latiscutatus Rough-head sea catfish Eastern Atlantic 85 TL
1849 Arius leptonotacanthus Western Pacific. 21.1 TL
1864 Arius macracanthus Asia
1792 Arius maculatus Spotted catfish Indo-West Pacific 80 TL
1894 Arius madagascariensis Madagascar sea catfish Africa 70 SL
1877 Arius malabaricus Indian Ocean
1840 Arius manillensis Asia 29.6 SL
1855 Arius microcephalus Squirrelheaded catfish Western Pacific 60 TL
1913 Arius nudidens Asia
1846 Arius oetik Western Pacific. 22.5 TL
1864 Arius parkii Guinean sea catfish Eastern Atlantic 75 TL
1840 Arius subrostratus Shovelnose sea catfish Indo-West Pacific 39.5 NG
1830 Arius sumatranus Goat catfish Indo-West Pacific 32 TL
2003 Arius uncinatus Africa 19.9 SL
1840 Arius venosus Veined catfish Indo-West Pacific 30 TL
2000 Aspistor hardenbergi Western Central Pacific 25.4 SL
1840 Aspistor luniscutis South America 120 TL
1840 Aspistor quadriscutis Bressou sea catfish South America 50 TL
1766 Bagre bagre Coco sea catfish South America 55 TL
1815 Bagre marinus Gafftopsail sea catfish Western Atlantic 69 TL
1863 Bagre panamensis Chilhuil sea catfish Eastern Pacific 51 TL
1876 Bagre pinnimaculatus Red sea catfish North, Central and South 95 TL
1822 Batrachocephalus mino Beardless sea catfish Indo-West Pacific 25 TL
1935 Brustiarius nox Comb-gilled catfish Oceania 30 SL
1935 Brustiarius solidus Hard-palate catfish Asia and Oceania 60 SL
1840 Carlarius heudelotii Smoothmouth sea catfish Eastern Atlantic 83 TL
1888 Cathorops agassizii South America 22 TL
1904 Cathorops aguadulce Estuarine sea catfish Central America 22.7 SL
1840 Cathorops arenatus South America 25 SL
2008 Cathorops belizensis Belize sea catfish Western Central Atlantic 24.8 SL
1864 Cathorops dasycephalus Bigbelly sea catfish Eastern Pacific 29 TL
1876 Cathorops fuerthii Congo sea catfish North, Central and South 28 TL
2008 Cathorops higuchii Western Central Atlantic 19.2 SL
1876 Cathorops hypophthalmus Gloomy sea catfish Central America 35 TL
2008 Cathorops kailolae Papillate sea catfish Central America 21.4 SL
1897 Cathorops liropus Conguito sea catfish Central America 19.7 SL
2007 Cathorops manglarensis South America 19.5 SL
2005 Cathorops mapale South America 30.6 TL
1864 Cathorops melanopus Dark sea catfish Central America 23 TL
1864 Cathorops multiradiatus Box sea catfish Eastern Pacific 30 TL
1864 Cathorops nuchalis South America 24.5 SL
1840 Cathorops puncticulatus Southwestern Atlantic
2009 Cathorops raredonae Curator sea catfish Eastern Central Pacific
1829 Cathorops spixii Madamango sea catfish Western Atlantic 30 TL
1904 Cathorops steindachneri Steindachner's sea catfish Central America 36 TL
1925 Cathorops taylori Central America 28.3 SL
1923 Cathorops tuyra Besudo sea catfish Central and South America 29 TL
1840 Cathorops variolosus South America
2012 Cathorops wayuu Western Atlantic 31.4 SL
1851 Cephalocassis borneensis Western Central Pacific 30 SL
1822 Cephalocassis jatia River catfish Asia 30 NG
1840 Cephalocassis manillensis Asia 26 TL
1852 Cephalocassis melanochir Asia 30 TL
1913 Cinetodus carinatus Comb-spined catfish Asia and Oceania 40 SL
1913 Cinetodus conorhynchus Lorentz catfish Asia 20 SL
1886 Cinetodus crassilabris Thick-lipped catfish Oceania 50 SL
1886 Cinetodus froggatti Smallmouthed salmon catfish Oceania 48 SL
1870 Cochlefelis burmanicus Asia 40 NG
1908 Cochlefelis danielsi Daniel's catfish Asia and Oceania 45 SL
2000 Cochlefelis insidiator Flat catfish Western Central Pacific 35 SL
1886 Cochlefelis spatula Duckbilled catfish Asia and Oceania 60 SL
1932 Cryptarius daugueti Asia 26 TL
1840 Cryptarius truncatus Western Central Pacific 42 SL
1861 Galeichthys ater Black seacatfish Southeast Atlantic 45 TL
1840 Galeichthys feliceps White barbel Southeast Atlantic 55 TL
1874 Galeichthys peruvianus Peruvian sea catfish Southeastern Pacific 35 TL
2010 Galeichthys trowi Indian Ocean 50 SL
1803 Genidens barbus White sea catfish Southwest Atlantic 120 TL
1829 Genidens genidens Guri sea catfish Southwest Atlantic 35 TL
1918 Genidens machadoi Southwestern Atlantic 80 TL
1982 Genidens planifrons South America 57 SL
2000 Hemiarius dioctes Warrior catfish Western Central Pacific 120 SL
1880 Hemiarius harmandi Indo-Pacific 12 TL
1858 Hemiarius stormii Armoured sea catfish Asia 50 TL
2003 Hemiarius verrucosus Asia 80 TL
1922 Hexanematichthys henni South America.
1898 Hexanematichthys mastersi Master's catfish Indo-west Pacific 51 TL
1822 Hexanematichthys sagor Sagor catfish Indo-West Pacific 45 TL
1846 Ketengus typus Bigmouth sea catfish Asia 25 TL
1886 Nedystoma dayi Day's catfish Asia and Oceania 20 SL
1913 Nedystoma novaeguineae Spoon-snouted catfish Asia and Oceania 15 SL
1884 Nemapteryx armiger Threadfin catfish Western Pacific 39.5 SL
1978 Nemapteryx augusta Short barbelled catfish Oceania 60 SL
1900 Nemapteryx bleekeri Bleeker's catfish Western Pacific 17 SL
1840 Nemapteryx caelata Engraved catfish Indo-Pacific 45 TL
1846 Nemapteryx macronotacantha Indo-west Pacific 30 TL
1822 Nemapteryx nenga Indo-west Pacific 30 TL
1941 Neoarius berneyi Highfin catfish Oceania 45 SL
1990 Neoarius coatesi Coates' catfish Oceania 75 SL
1867 Neoarius graeffei Blue salmon catfish Western Pacific 60 SL
1883 Neoarius latirostris Broad-snouted catfish Asia and Oceania 50 SL
1862 Neoarius leptaspis Salmon catfish Western Pacific 60 SL
1988 Neoarius midgleyi Silver cobbler Oceania 140 SL
2000 Neoarius pectoralis Sawspine catfish Western Central Pacific 39.3 FL
1978 Neoarius taylori Taylor's catfish Oceania 40 SL
1990 Neoarius utarus Northern rivers catfish Asia and Oceania 55 SL
1907 Neoarius velutinus Papillate catfish Asia and Oceania 60 SL
1840 Netuma bilineata Bronze catfish Indo-West Pacific 62 SL
1898 Netuma proxima Arafura catfish Western Pacific. 46 SL
1837 Netuma thalassina Giant catfish Western Indian Ocean 185 TL
2006 Notarius armbrusteri Southeast Pacific 20.8 SL
2004 Notarius biffi Eastern Central Pacific 32.4 SL
1945 Notarius bonillai New Granada sea catfish South America 80 TL
2002 Notarius cookei Central and South America 42.8 SL
1840 Notarius grandicassis Thomas sea catfish South America 63 TL
1883 Notarius insculptus Eastern Central Pacific 32.5 TL
1876 Notarius kessleri Sculptured sea catfish Eastern Central Pacific 45 TL
1888 Notarius lentiginosus Freckled sea catfish Eastern Central Pacific 35 TL
2002 Notarius neogranatensis Caribbean sculptured sea catfish Western Atlantic 36 TL
1883 Notarius osculus Chomba sea catfish Central America 28 SL
1876 Notarius planiceps Flathead sea catfish Central America 60 TL
1863 Notarius troschelii Chili sea catfish Eastern Pacific 70.6 TL
1864 Occidentarius platypogon Cominate sea catfish Eastern Pacific 50 TL
1758 Osteogeneiosus militaris Soldier catfish Indo-West Pacific 35 TL
1840 Plicofollis argyropleuron Longsnouted catfish Indo-West Pacific 50 TL
1840 Plicofollis dussumieri Blacktip sea catfish Indo-west Pacific 62 SL
1926 Plicofollis magatensis Asia 45 TL
1840 Plicofollis nella Smooth-headed catfish Western Pacific 47 TL
1877 Plicofollis platystomus Flatmouth sea catfish Indian Ocean 31 TL
1846 Plicofollis polystaphylodon Mozambique sea catfish Western Indian Ocean 35 SL
1877 Plicofollis tenuispinis Thinspine sea catfish Western Indian Ocean 36 TL
1846 Plicofollis tonggol Roughback sea catfish Indo-West Pacific 40 TL
1877 Potamarius grandoculis South America 35 SL
1960 Potamarius izabalensis Central America 44 SL
1902 Potamarius nelsoni Lacandon sea catfish Central America 39 SL
2007 Potamarius usumacintae Usumacinta sea catfish Central America 59.5 SL
1913 Potamosilurus macrorhynchus Sharp-nosed catfish Asia and Oceania 50 SL
1840 Sciades couma Couma sea catfish South America 97 TL
1863 Sciades dowii Flapnose sea catfish Central and South America 90 TL
1794 Sciades herzbergii Pemecou sea catfish South America 94.2 TL
1832 Sciades parkeri Gillbacker sea catfish Western Atlantic 190 TL
1840 Sciades passany Passany sea catfish Western Atlantic 100 TL
2000 Sciades paucus Oceania 130 TL
1840 Sciades proops Crucifix sea catfish Western Atlantic 100 TL
1822 Sciades sona Sona sea catfish Indo-West Pacific 92 TL



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