Fish Species

Shark Catfish

Shark Catfish - Description

The Shark Catfish is also known as the Colombian Shark Catfish and Blackfin Catfish. As a Juvenile it requires brackish water conditions, however as an adult it is a saltwater species.

Being able to care for this species as both a juvenile and an adult should be considered before purchase. They are a very active fish and require a large tank.

The shark catfish has venomous dorsal spines which can cause painful wounds, care should be taken when cleaning the tank.

Popular Name: Shark Catfish
Species: Hexanematichthys seemani

Profile of the Shark Catfish

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

  • Size: Up to 40cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 6.0 to 8.0. Temp 22 - 26 Degrees

  • Diet / Feeding: Flaked, Frozen or Dried Food

  • Temperament: Active Fish, require a large tank

  • Habitat: Coastal Waters and Brackish Rivers

  • Behaviour: Predators, will eat smaller fish

  • Range: Central America, South America: Rivers draining into Pacific Ocean

Scientific Classification of the Shark 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: Hexanematichthys seemani

  • Popular Name: Shark Catfish - Colombian Catfish - Black Fin Catfish

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Siluriformes

  • Family: Ariidae


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Facts about Fish Species - Shark Catfish

The colours, shapes and sizes of individual fishes varies enormously - you really need excellent quality pictures or photographs to assist in the identification process.


A combination of the number of fins and their characteristics, color, scale counts, general features, maximum length and distribution are used during a species identification process.

The species detailed on this website are Tropical, Saltwater, Aquarium , Marine , Pet , Pond, Clown, Koi,
Beta (Betta), Gold Fish (Goldfish), Star, Angel, Puffer, Discus, Piranha, Rainbow, Parrot, Crustaceans, Sea Anemones and Coral.

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