Tete Sea Catfish

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Description of the Tete Sea Catfish

The Tete Sea Catfish is also known as the Silver Tipped Shark, Christian Catfish and West American Cat Shark. They are a very active fish and can grow to 40cm in length so require a large tank. The Tete Sea Catfish can cause painful wounds with its venomous dorsal spines so special care should be taken when cleaning the tank. As a Juvenile this catfish requires brackish water conditions, however as an adult it is a saltwater species. Being able to care for this species as both a juvenile and an adult should be considered before purchase

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Tete Sea Catfish

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Popular Name: Tete Sea Catfish
Species: Hexanematichthys seemani

Profile of the Tete Sea Catfish
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Tete Sea Catfish species.

  • Size: Up to 40cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: Temp 22 - 26 Degrees. PH 6.0 to 8.0.

  • Diet / Feeding: Flaked, Frozen or Dried Food

  • Temperament: Active Fish, require a large tank

  • Habitat: Coastal Waters and Brackish Rivers

  • Behaviour: Predators, will eat smaller fish

  • Range: Central America, South America: Rivers draining into Pacific Ocean

Scientific Classification of the Tete Sea Catfish
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Hexanematichthys seemani

  • Popular Name: Tete Sea Catfish - Silver Tipped Shark - Christian Catfish - West American Cat Shark

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Siluriformes

  • Family: Ariidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Tete Sea Catfish?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Tete Sea Catfish slimy?
Tete Sea Catfish secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Tete Sea Catfish to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do Tete Sea Catfish have gills?
Gills enable the Tete Sea Catfish to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do the Tete Sea Catfish have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Tete Sea Catfish has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Tete Sea Catfish has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Tete Sea Catfish has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Tete Sea Catfish has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Tete Sea Catfish

Tete Sea Catfish

  • Interesting Information about Tete Sea Catfish

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Tete Sea Catfish slimy?

  • Why do the Tete Sea Catfish have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Tete Sea Catfish have fins?

  • Species: Hexanematichthys seemani

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