Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Bagridae
Etymology: Hemibagrus: Greek, hemi = the half + Mozarabic, bagre, Greek, pagros = a fish, Dentex sp. (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; demersal; potamodromous (Ref. 51243). Subtropical
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 130 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 30857); common length : 50.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 12693); max. published weight: 86.0 kg (Ref. )
soft rays: 12 - 14;
Vertebrae: 52 - 53. Bright red caudal fin in specimens bigger than about 15 cm SL; whitish in smaller ones (Ref. 27732). Adipose fin long (length of adipose-fin base 18.7-25.7% SL), with a gently-sloping anterior margin; dorsal spine poorly ossified and short (7.5-11.4% SL) without serrations on posterior edge; length of dorsal-fin base 16.3-18.3% SL; maxillary barbels reaching to at least middle of adipose fin base (230.1-297.0% HL) (Ref. 38441). Head flat rather than conical; a short occipital process not close to basal bone of dorsal fin; no stripes on body (Ref. 12693).
Asia: Mekong basin (Ref. 27732). Reported from Chao Phraya, Maeklong and Peninsular Thailand river systems (Ref. 26336).
Occurs in large upland rivers. Common in areas with rocky bottoms and irregular depths (Ref. 12693). Apparently does not migrate but reproduces locally and enters the flooded forest during high water in July-October (Ref. 38441). Feeds on insects, prawns, fish (Ref. 33813) and crabs (Ref. 38441). Marketed fresh (Ref. 12693). Maximum weight reported for an individual caught in Mae Klong River, Thailand, reached 86 kg (J-F. Helias, pers.comm., 07/2002; see photo Hewyc_u0.jpg).
Ng, H.H. and W.J. Rainboth, 1999. The bagrid catfish genus Hemibagrus (Teleostei: Siluriformes) in central Indochina with a new species from the Mekong River. Raffles Bull. Zool. 47(2):555-576.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00537 (0.00228 - 0.01266), b=3.12 (2.91 - 3.33), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.7 ±0.60 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Very Low, minimum population doubling time more than 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Very high vulnerability (76 of 100) .