Plicofollis polystaphylodon (Bleeker, 1846)
Mozambique sea catfish
Plicofollis polystaphylodon
photo by FAO

Family:  Ariidae (Sea catfishes), subfamily: Ariinae
Max. size:  35 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal
Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: along the coast of Africa and Madagascar. Eastern Indian Ocean: Indonesia (Java and Sumatra), Singapore and Celebes. Western Pacific: Papua New Guinea (Ref. 7050) and Australia (Ref. 7300).
Diagnosis:  Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 16
Biology:  Found in coastal waters, estuaries and rivers. Feeds mainly on invertebrates. Marketed mostly fresh.
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  traumatogenic
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 29.11.13
Checked by: Luna, Susan M. - 14.07.94

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