Also known as Barbel-eel Catfish, Canine Catfish Eel, Catfish Eel, Coral Catfish, Darkfin Eel Catfish, Eel Catfish, Giant Catfish, Indo-Pacific Striped Eel Catfish, Lined Catfish, Striped Catfish Eel, Striped Eel Catfish, Striped Sea Catfish.
Found singly or in small schools hiding under ledges during the day, over estuaries, tidal pools of open coastal areas but can be found in fresh water lakes in Africa.
They are bottom feeders and use the barbels around their mouth to detect food, feeding nocturnally on benthic crustaceans, fish, molluscs and worms.
Juveniles form tightly packed schools for feeding which may contain hundreds of fish.
Depth - 1-50m
These catfish are mimicked by the Convict Blenny - Pholidichthys leucotaenia
Catfish have venomous spines in the fins which can inflict painful wounds.
Repeated stings from Plotosus lineatus may result in death. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/plotosus-lineatus.html