Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Clariidae
Etymology: Channallabes: Greek, channe, -es = an anchovy + Greek, allabes, -etos = a fish of the Nile, a kind of lamprey (Ref. 45335); sanghaensis: Named for the Sangha freshwater ecoregion where the species was found (Ref. 58526).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical
Africa: Mbessy River (Likouala drainage, middle Congo River basin) in Republic of the Congo (Ref. 58526).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 22.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 58526)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 104 - 124;
Vertebrae: 86 - 89. Channallabes sanghaensis differs from other species of Channallabes in having a small supraorbital process on infraorbital IV, not reaching the rostral border of the eye and the presence of an interdigitation zone between the quadrate and the entopterygoid (Ref. 58526). It has an elongated body, with a preanal length of 27.5% up to 33.2% of SL (Ref. 58526). Although the eyes are small, they remain clearly visible; tube-like anterior nostrils are present, although small (Ref. 58526). The fleshy dorsal, anal and caudal fins form a continuous finfold (Ref. 58526). The pectoral spine is serrated on both sides (Ref. 58526). Alcohol preserved specimens gradually fade from dark brown on the dorsal side to whitish brown on the ventral side; both sides are separated by a white line, representing the lateral line (Ref. 58526).
All sampling sites were characterised by shallow, muddy, still water (Ref. 58526).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Devaere, S., D. Adriaens and W. Verraes, 2007. Channallabes sanghaensis sp. n., a new anguilliform catfish from the Congo River basin, with some comments on other anguilliform clariids (Teleostei, Siluriformes). Belg. J. Zool. 137(1):17-26. (Ref. 58526)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5156 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00708 (0.00316 - 0.01588), b=2.99 (2.81 - 3.17), 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. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (25 of 100) .