Table 1

Taxonomic distributions and estimates of venomous catfish diversity.

Taxon

# Presumed Venomous


Siluriformes - Catfishes

≈1250-1625 species

Akysidae - Asian stream catfishes

48

Amblycipitidae - Torrent catfishes

26-28

Anchariidae - Madagascan catfishes

4-6

Ariidae - Sea catfishes

67-134

Bagridae - Bagrid catfishes

176-198

Callichthyidae - Armored catfishes

182-194

Chacidae - Angler catfishes

3

Clariidae - Labyrinth catfishes

79-114

Claroteidae - Claroteid catfishes

56-84

Cranoglanididae - Armorhead catfishes

3

Doradidae - Thorny catfishes

48-81

Heptapteridae - Shrimp catfishes

91-160

Ictaluridae - North American catfishes

57-64

Mochokidae - Squeakers

166-189

Pangasiidae - Shark catfishes

27-30

Pimelodidae - Antennae catfishes

41-79

Plotosidae - Eeltail catfishes

17-37

Pseudopimelodidae - Bumblebee catfishes

21-31

Schilbidae - Glass catfishes

48-62

Siluridae - Sheat catfishes

74-83


Basic estimates of family diversity used to generate these figures are taken from [19], and were supplemented through consultation of species descriptions that have been published since the completion of that study.

Wright BMC Evolutionary Biology 2009 9:282   doi:10.1186/1471-2148-9-282

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