Plotosus lineatus

Scientific name Plotosus lineatus
Descriptor Thunberg
Year of description 1787
IUCN category NE
Family Plotosidae
Genus Plotosus
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Plotosus lineatus is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    20 cm
  • Maximum size
    25 cm
  • Shape
  • Pattern
    horizontal stripes
  • Average size
    20 cm
  • Maximum size
    25 cm
  • Shape
  • Pattern
    horizontal stripes

How to recognize Plotosus lineatus ?

This fish has the particularity to possess several pairs of barbels, which allow him to search the bottom and to detect the food thus moved.

Plotosus lineatus measures between 20 and 25 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly noir and blanc body. The also has horizontal stripes.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in a group or alone
  • territorial
  • Way of living

Plotosus lineatus is a fish living in a group or alone naturally found near the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

Although Plotosus lineatus is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction

Plotosus lineatus is a fish ovipare. This fish protects its eggs from nearby predators.

Risks for humans

  • Venomous
  • Sting

Where to find it?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    25 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 60 m

Biotope presentation

Plotosus lineatus is most often found at a depth between 1m and 60m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

Species of the same biotope

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