Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Siluridae
Etymology: Ompok: It is a bad reproduction of a Malayam fish name as limpok/ompok (Ref. 45335); karunkodu: Name from the Tamil karun, a contraction of karuppu, meaning black and kodu, meaning line. This is in reference to the dark midlateral stripe running along the side of the body in this species. Used as a noun in apposition.
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical, preferred ?
Asia: Amaravathi River, a right-hand tributary of the Kaveri River, in India.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 22.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 93963)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 65;
Vertebrae: 54. This species is diagnosed from all congeners in the Indian subcontinent by the absence (vs. presence) of a process on the posteromedial edge of the coracoid, having a markedly convex predorsal profile (vs. with a slight or distinct concavity in the supraethmoidal or supraoccipital region), and a unique combination of the following characters: prognathous lower jaw causing snout to appear rounded when viewed laterally; maxillary barbel reaching to base of pectoral-fin spine; eye diameter 13.7% HL; head width 13.0% SL; body depth at anus 14.2% SL; 65 anal-fin rays; caudal peduncle depth 5.0% SL; caudal-fin length 12.6% SL; caudal fin with rounded lobes; 54 vertebrae, and dark midlateral stripe running along sides of body (Ref. 93963).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Ng, H.H., 2013. Ompok karunkodu, a new catfish (Teleostei: Siluridae) from southern India. Zootaxa 3694(2):161-166. (Ref. 93963)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00490 (0.00237 - 0.01013), b=3.04 (2.86 - 3.22), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.8 ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (36 of 100) .