Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > 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. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00912 (0.00405 - 0.02055), b=3.04 (2.84 - 3.24), 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 (Assuming fec > 10,000).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (42 of 100) .