Short Communication

First record of the Southeast Asian walking catfish, Clarias batrachus (Pisces: Clariidae), from the island of Mauritius, south-western Indian Ocean

Published in: African Zoology
Volume 50, issue 1, 2015, pages: 73–75
DOI: 10.1080/15627020.2015.1022599
Author(s): Irfan NunkooMarine Research Institute, Department of Biological Sciences, South Africa, Cecile ReedMarine Research Institute, Department of Biological Sciences, South Africa, Sven KerwathMarine Research Institute, Department of Biological Sciences, South Africa

Abstract

The presence of Southeast Asian walking catfish, Clarias batrachus, in Mauritian freshwater systems has been confirmed. Three female Clarias batrachus were caught in Rivière Sèche, close to the town of Phoenix, Mauritius (20°17′ S, 57°33′ E). This constitutes the first record of the introduction of this species into the wild on the island of Mauritius.

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