Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Actinopterygii > Order: Siluriformes > Family: Clariidae > Genus: Clarias > Species: Clarias gariepinus

Barbel - Clarias gariepinus (Burchell, 1822)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Data deficient (IUCN)

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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

Not available

Legal status

Not listed in legal texts

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Aalbüschelwels German Fishbase
Afrikaanse meerval Dutch Fishbase
Afrikanischer raubwels German Fishbase
Barbel English Fishbase
Kiemensackwels German Fishbase
Mudfish English Fishbase
North African catfish English Fishbase
Poisson-chat nord-africain French Fishbase
Stawada Polish Fishbase
Welse German Fishbase
Yuzhnoafrikanskaya zubatka Russian Fishbase
Synonym Author
Silurus gariepinus Burchell, 1822
Macropteronotus charmuth Lacepède, 1803
Macropteronotus anguillaris Linnaeus, 1758
Clarias lazera Valenciennes, 1840
Clarias syriacus Valenciennes, 1840
Clarias capensis Valenciennes, 1840
Clarias mossambicus Peters, 1852
Clarias orontis Günther, 1864
Clarias macracanthus Günther, 1864
Clarias xenodon Günther, 1864
Clarias robecchii Vinciguerra, 1893
Clarias smithii Günther, 1896
Clarias micropthalmus Pfeffer, 1896
Clarias guentheri Pfeffer, 1896
Clarias longiceps Boulenger, 1899
Clarias moorii Boulenger, 1901
Clarias tsanensis Boulenger, 1902
Clarias vinciguerrae Boulenger, 1902
Clarias malaris Nichols & Griscom, 1917
Clarias notozygurus Lönnberg & Rendahl, 1922
Clarias depressus Myers, 1925
Clarias muelleri Pietschmann, 1939
Silurus anguillaris (non Linnaeus, 1758)
Heterobranchus anguillaris (non Linnaeus, 1758)
Clarius gariepinus (Burchell, 1822)
Clarias microphthalmus Pfeffer, 1896

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
Fauna Europaea search Fauna Europaea
FishBase FishBase
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
NOBANIS: Clarias gariepinus European Network on Invasive Alien Species
Wikipedia Wikipedia

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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