Chrysichthys johnelsi Daget, 1959
photo by RMCA

Family:  Claroteidae (Claroteid catfishes), subfamily: Claroteinae
Max. size:  33 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal
Distribution:  Africa: coastal rivers from the Gambia to the Cavally and in the Bia (Côte d'Ivoire) and Tano (Ghana) rivers; absent from the Sassandra, Bandama and Comoé (Ref. 57126).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 6; Anal spines: -0. Diagnosis: snout rectangular, neither rounded nor pointed, its length equal to mouth width; mouth very broad; premaxillary tooth plate broad (width 30-37% of head length); occipital process well developed, its width 57-87% (average = 70%) of its length (Ref. 57126). Description: nasal barbels present; very short first dorsal spine; well developed second spine, weakly denticulate along posterior margin; pelvic fin with 1 unbranched and 5 branched soft rays; anal fin with 4-5 unbranched and 8-10 branched soft rays (Ref. 57126). Some of the meristic proportions may vary with populations: i.e., the dorsal, anal and caudal fins are longer in populations from the Moa, Mano, St. Paul, Cess (Nipoué) and Tano (Risch & Thys van den Audenaerde, 1985); these populations, and especially those from the River Tano, also seem to have longer nasal barbels; furthermore, gill-raker numbers are variable from one population to another, and in cases of low counts, the most anterior rakers are missing (Ref. 57126). Coloration: live specimens from Liberia and Sierra Leone are yellowish, while those from Gambia are greyish or silvery; after preservation, all of them become greyish on head and back, and whitish on belly (Ref. 57126).
Biology: 
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 06 July 2006 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 06.03.91
Modified by: Torres, Armi G. - 18.03.08
Checked by: Boden, Gert - 18.03.08

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