Silver Butter Catfish

The Silver Butter Catfish (Schilbe intermedius) is a freshwater African catfish. It is a ray-finned fish.

The Silver Butter Catfish is silver with an olive-brown head. It has two thin, horizontal, dark-grey bands: one from the tail to the gills and a shorter one from the pectoral fins to the tail fin. It has transparent fins.

It has a shovel-mouth. It has nasal (nose) barbs, that extend upwards, and four pairs of short barbels around its lip and mouth, which look like the whiskers of a cat. Its eyes are slightly protruded.

Silver Butter Catfish

Silver Butter Catfish

 

It grows to about 30 centimetres (12 inches) long.

The Silver Butter Catfish is from sub-Saharan Africa, from Senegal to Somalia and south to South Africa. It prefers tropical shallow freshwater lakes and rivers.

It is potamodromous, which means that it is a migratory fish, but staying only in freshwater. This is compared to oceanodromous fish, which live and migrate only in marine saltwater seas.

It eats small fish, worms, and insects.

It is oviparous, meaning that females lay eggs.

Silver Butter Catfish

Silver Butter Catfish

Silver Butter Catfish

Silver Butter Catfish

Silver Butter Catfish

Silver Butter Catfish

Silver Butter Catfish

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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