Family Ariidae Berg 1958 (Ariid catfish)

Actinopteri - Siluriformes - Ariidae

Parent taxon: Siluroidei according to R. Betancur-R et al. 2013

See also Carnevale and Godfrey 2118, Cvancara and Hoganson 1993, Jordan 1963, Lundberg 1997, Nolf and Dockery 1993, Nolf and Dockery 1990, Purdy et al. 2001, Sahni and Mishra 1975, Schwarzhans and Bratischko 2011 and Weems 1999

Sister taxa: Akysidae, Amblycipitidae, Amphiliidae, Anchariidae, Auchenipteridae, Bagridae, Cetopsidae, Chacidae, Clariidae, Claroteidae, Cranoglanididae, Heptapteridae, Heteropneustidae, Horabagridae, Hypsidoroidea, Ictaluridae, Malapteruridae, Mochokidae, Pangasiidae, Pimelodidae, Plotosidae, Pseudopimelodidae, Schilbeidae, Siluridae, Siluriodae, Sisoridae

Subtaxa: Ariidarum Ariopsis Arius Bagre Plotosus Qarmoutus

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Ecology: nektobenthic carnivore

Distribution:

• Quaternary of United States (2: Florida, Georgia collections)

• Pliocene of Jamaica (1), Kenya (1), United States (2: Florida, North Carolina)

• Hemphillian of Costa Rica (1)

• Miocene to Pliocene of Chad (1)

• Miocene of Argentina (2), Bolivia (1), Brazil (2), Colombia (2), Italy (1), Mexico (1), Panama (3), Peru (3), United States (1: North Carolina), Venezuela (3)

• Oligocene of Germany (1)

• Eocene of Egypt (1), Germany (1), India (4), Nigeria (4), Pakistan (1), the United Kingdom (5), United States (6: Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Virginia), Western Sahara (1)

• Paleocene of Denmark (4), Ukraine (1), United States (1: Alabama)

• Cretaceous of Argentina (1), India (1), United States (1: Maryland)

Total: 60 collections including 83 occurrences

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