Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Malapteruridae
Etymology: Malapterurus: Greek, mala = a lot of + Greek, pteron = fin + Greek, oura = tail (Ref. 45335); thysi: Named for the Belgian ichthyologist Dirk Thys van den Audenaerde, former director of the Royal Museum of Central Africa (Tervuren, Belgium) (Ref. 44050).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Africa: Cess (=Nipoué) and Cavally rivers in Western Ivory Coast (Ref. 44050, 57130).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 24.0 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 7 - 9;
Vertebrae: 38 - 41. Diagnosis: tooth patches broad, semi-circular; pectoral fins placed low on body; 7-9 anal-fin rays; 20 caudal-fin rays (arrangement ii-7-8-iii, rarely ii-7-8-ii); 1-2 gill-rakers on upper branch of first arch; 38-41 vertebrae; caudal saddle and bar strongly developed; caudal saddle generally composed of concentrations of spots and blotches; caudal bar confined to base of caudal fin, not extending onto the caudal peduncle; body brown or tan; caudal fin darkly and solidly pigmented without pale basal crescent; lower lip, underside of head and mental barbels unpigmented or lightly pigmented (Ref. 44050).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Norris, S.M., 2002. A revision of the African electric catfishes, family Malapteruridae (Teleostei, Siluriformes), with erection of a new genus and descriptions of fourteen new species, and an annotated bibliography. Ann. Mus. R. Afr. Centr., Sci. Zool., 289:1-155. (Ref. 44050)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01122 (0.00445 - 0.02830), b=3.02 (2.81 - 3.23), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (19 of 100) .