Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Bagridae
Etymology: Bagrus: Mozarabic, bagre, taken from Greek, pagros = a fish (Dentex sp.) (Ref. 45335). More on author: Pellegrin.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical; 23°C - 28°C (Ref. 12468); 16°N - 8°N
Africa: Niger River system.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 69.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 3055); max. published weight: 2.1 kg (Ref. 3013)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 12 - 13. Diagnosis: body rather elongate, 6 times longer than deep; occipital process 3-5 times longer than broad (Ref. 57125). 10-11 branched dorsal-fin rays (Ref. 57125), 1st extended into long filament, following into shorter ones (Ref. 7324, 31256, 57125). Longest filament comprised 2 to 3 times in standard length (Ref. 3036, 57125). Predorsal length comprised 2.6 to 2.9 times in standard length; head width 1.6-1.9 times in head length; width of premaxillary tooth plate 2.4-2.8 times in head length; upper caudal-fin lobe often prolonged into a short filament (Ref. 7324, 57125). Upper caudal-fin lobe comprised 2.5 to 3.5 times in standard length (Ref. 57125).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Risch, L.M., 1986. Bagridae. p. 2-35. In J. Daget, J.-P. Gosse and D.F.E. Thys van den Audenaerde (eds.) Check-list of the freshwater fishes of Africa (CLOFFA). ISNB, Brussels; MRAC, Tervuren; and ORSTOM, Paris. Vol. 2. (Ref. 3236)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5005 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00794 (0.00361 - 0.01750), b=2.95 (2.77 - 3.13), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.9 ±0.9 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Assuming Fec>10,000).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High vulnerability (60 of 100) .