Shoulderspot Catfish

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Description of the Shoulderspot Catfish

The Shoulderspot Catfish is a great addition to any freshwater tropical aquarium. It is important to provide it with plenty of planting and rocks / wood as it likes to hide. The shoulderspot catfish can be recognised by it mottled appearance, its lack of a adipose fin and of course the spot on its shoulder!

Popular Name: Shoulderspot Catfish
Species: Schilbe marmoratus

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Shoulderspot Catfish

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

  • Size: Up to 22cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 6.0-7.5 Temp 20-27 Degrees

  • Diet / Feeding: Frozen or Dried Food

  • Temperament: Generally a peaceful fish but ensure other fish in the tank are not too small otherwise it will eat them!

  • Behaviour: Will eat smaller fish

  • Range: Congo River, Africa

Scientific Classification of the Shoulderspot 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: Schilbe marmoratus

  • Popular Name: Shoulderspot Catfish

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Siluriformes

  • Family:Schilbeidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Shoulderspot 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 Shoulderspot Catfish slimy?
Shoulderspot Catfish secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Shoulderspot 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 Shoulderspot Catfish have gills?
Gills enable the Shoulderspot 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.

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Why do the Shoulderspot 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 Shoulderspot Catfish has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

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

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

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

Interesting Facts and Information about Shoulderspot Catfish

Shoulderspot Catfish

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  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Shoulderspot Catfish slimy?

  • Why do the Shoulderspot Catfish have gills?

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

  • Species: Schilbe marmoratus

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