Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfishes) > Schilbeidae
Etymology: moebiusii: After Mr. K.A. Mobius, a German zoologist, editor of "Die Fische Ost-Afrikas" published in 1896 (Ref. 43912).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical; 7°S - 10°S
Africa: Kingani, Rufiji-Great Ruaha (including the Kilombero) (Ref. 4967, 43912) and Wami rivers (Ref. 43912) in Tanzania. Also reported from the Pangani in Tanzania (Ref. 4967).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 29.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 43912)
(total): 1. Diagnosis: adipose fin always present; posterior nostrils closer to each other than anterior ones; lower jaw reaching slightly beyond upper jaw; nasal, maxillary and inner mandibular barbels rather short; nasal barbel reaches at maximum to just beyond posterior border of eye; maxillary barbel hardly reaches further than nasal one; inner mandibular barbel never reaches beyond anterior border of eye; outer mandibular barbel reaches at least to midway between eye and opercle and at maximum to just beyond anterior border of opercle; inner side of pectoral spine feebly serrated; head profile characterized by presence of a pronounced hump between occiput and base of rayed dorsal fin (Ref. 43912).
Inhabit rivers (Ref. 4967). Oviparous, eggs are unguarded (Ref. 205).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Distinct pairing (Ref. 205).
De Vos, L., 1986. Schilbeidae. p. 36-53. In J. Daget, J.-P. Gosse and D.F.E. Thys van den Audenaerde (eds.) Check-list of the freshwater fishes of Africa (CLOFFA). ISNB, Brussels; MRAC, Tervuren; and ORSTOM, Paris. Vol. 2. (Ref. 3570)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00851 (0.00373 - 0.01944), b=3.06 (2.87 - 3.25), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.5 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Assuming fec > 10,000).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (42 of 100) .