Ariidae

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Hexanematichthys seemanni, Tri-Color Shark Catfish. Aaron Norman

Overview

Mostly marine catfishes found worldwide in the tropics and in temperate zones in North and South America, Africa, and Asia. Some species venture into freshwater.

Most are too large and predatory to be appropriate for home aquariums, although many are good to eat and some are prized as gamefish.

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Taxonomic rank: Family

Common name: SEA CATFISHES


Total known Total profiles
Subfamilies 0 0
Genera 14 1
Species 120 1


Notes: Males of many species are mouthbrooders, carrying golfball-size eggs until hatching.

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Reference: Fishes of the World