Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Bagridae
Etymology: Bagrus: Mozarabic, bagre, taken from Greek, pagros = a fish (Dentex sp.) (Ref. 45335). More on author: Boulenger.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical; 3°S - 5°S
Africa: River Pangani (Tanzania)(Ref. 3236) and Lake Chiuta (Ref. 46841).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 44.7 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 52249)
soft rays: 13 - 14. Head much depressed, smooth above or finely striated on sides of elongate fontanelle; premaxillary band of teeth 5-6 times as long as broad, nearly as broad as the band of vomerine teeth; snout truncate (Ref. 2988). Snout projecting beyond lower jaw (Ref. 52162, Ref. 2988). Maxillary barbel 1.66-2 times head length, reaching pelvics (Ref. 52162), but not passing the base of the pelvics (Ref. 1884). Nasal barbel 1/5-1/3 of head length; inner mandibular barbel 0.33-0.4 times head length (Ref. 2988). Outer mandibular barbel 0.60-0.66 times head length (Ref. 52162, Ref. 2988). Occipital processus long and narrow, almost reaching the interneural (Ref. 52249). Last ray of dorsal fin above vertical of first ray of pelvics; dorsal spine smooth, feeble; adipose fin 4-5.5 times as long as deep, about twice as long as dorsal fin; caudal fin deeply forked, with pointed lobes (Ref. 2988). Upper lobe of caudal fin with short filament (Ref. 52249). Pectoral spine moderately strong, smooth, or very slightly serrated behind (Ref. 2988).
Coloration: brown or olive above, white beneath; black dots sometimes scattered on the back and on the adipose and caudal fins (Ref. 2988).
Present in the deeper waters of large rivers (Ref. 4967).
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. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5005 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00776 (0.00359 - 0.01679), b=2.97 (2.79 - 3.15), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.8 ±0.9 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Assuming Fec>10,000).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (45 of 100) .