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Range DescriptionChrysichthys auratus is wide ranging from Senegal to Ethiopia, and throughout the Nile basin.
Central Africa: It is widespread throughout Lower Guinea in estuaries as well as upstream. Populations from the upper Sanaga appear to have closer affinities with Sudanese populations than with those of estuaries.
Eastern Africa: It is present in Lake Turkana, and in the River Nile. May be more widespread (information is lacking).
Northern Africa: This species is common in the whole of the River Nile, and Lake Nasser (also known as Lake Nubia).
Northeast Africa: It is found in the Ghazal and Jebel systems, to Lake Nasser, Sudan. Also found in Baro River, Ethiopia.
Western Africa: This species inhabits most of West African hydrographic basins, except in the coastal areas of Gambia and Liberia, where it is replaced by C. maurus, a very similar species. In those parts of the area where both species overlap (from Liberia to Ghana to the east of the Volta), C. auratus does not enter rivers but remains in estuaries and lagoons, where both species are sympatric. In the coastal region, C. auratus has up to now been reported as C. filamentosus.