Widehead Catfish (Clarotes laticeps)

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Widehead Catfish

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Widehead Catfish

Clarotes laticeps

568 Litres (150 US G.)

63.5-81.3cm (25-32 ")




6.5 - 7.5

20-25.6°C (68 -78 °F)

5-20 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

8-15 years



Additional names

Widehead Catfish

Additional scientific names

Bagrus laticeps, Bagrus nigrita, Chrysichthys macropogon, Chrysichthys nigrita, Chrysichthys pitmani, Clarotes heuglinii, Clarotes macrocephalus, Octonematichthys nigrita, Pimelodus laticeps


Found in the Nile, Niger, Senegal, Bénoué, and Volta Rivers and also in Lake Chad.[1]


Its not possible to visually sex this fish.

Tank compatibility[edit]

These fish are predatory and capable of eating surprisingly large fish. Either best kept in a species tank or with very large but robust and peaceful tank mates such as Giant Gouramis or Silver Arowana.


A predatory fish that isn't fussy and will eat most meaty foods as well as pellets.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

As this fish gets very large it is best kept in a tank or tropical pond with a large footprint. The tank should be very well filtered as this fish is messy. Any décor should be heavy and secure as this fish could easily move unstable objects, décor can include large bits of bogwood or river rocks.


A mid-bottom dwelling solitary and predatory catfish.


A very large growing fish with a broad head and large mouth. The body is silver with a pale cream belly, the fins slightly darker in colour, and it has four sets of barbels around the mouth.



  1. Fishbase (Mirrors: Icons-flag-us.png) Distribution

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