Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Ariidae
(Sea catfishes) > Ariinae
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical; 1°S - 6°S
Asia and Oceania: Indonesia (Mamberamo river system in Irian Jaya) and Papua New Guinea (Ramu and Sepik river system). Often misidentified as Arius leptaspis, a closely related species from southern New Guinea.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 25 - ? cm
Max length : 55.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2847); common length : 30.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9233); common length :30 cm SL (female); max. published weight: 1.7 kg (Ref. 9233); max. published weight: 1.7 kg
Prefers main river channels, but also occurs in lakes and on the floodplain. Feeds mainly on large crustaceans (Macrobrachium and Caridina), fishes, aquatic and terrestrial insects, nymphs and detritus. Occurs at temperatures ranging from 26 to 32°C. Mainly diurnal.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Mouthbrooders. Ovary or brood mass contains 15 to 75 ripe eggs (Ref. 2847).
Allen, G.R., 1991. Field guide to the freshwater fishes of New Guinea. Publication, no. 9. 268 p. Christensen Research Institute, Madang, Papua New Guinea. (Ref. 2847)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Traumatogenic (Ref. 58010)
Fisheries: subsistence fisheries
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5010 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00501 (0.00274 - 0.00918), b=3.10 (2.94 - 3.26), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.0 ±0.47 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High vulnerability (59 of 100) .