Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfishes) > Bagridae
Etymology: Mystus: Greek, mystax = whiskered, used by Belon in 1553 to describe all fishes with whiskers (Ref. 45335).
More on author: Hamilton.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; brackish; demersal; anadromous (Ref. 51243). Tropical
Asia: countries bordering the eastern Indian Ocean, from India to Indonesia and Viet Nam. Reported from Pakistan (Ref. 4833).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 46.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 41236); common length : 15.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 6028)
Facultative air-breathing (Ref. 126274); Primarily a brackish water fish that enters and lives in fresh water. In freshwater, adults occur mainly in larger water bodies (rivers and streams) with mud or clay substrates, and rarely found in smaller streams. Form schools of 10 to 25 individuals. Diurnal. Oviparous, distinct pairing possibly like other members of the same family (Ref. 205).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Pethiyagoda, R., 1991. Freshwater fishes of Sri Lanka. The Wildlife Heritage Trust of Sri Lanka, Colombo. 362 p. (Ref. 6028)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01023 (0.00818 - 0.01280), b=3.01 (2.95 - 3.07), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this species (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 4.0 ±0.50 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Assuming Fec < 10,000).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (36 of 100).
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 387 [153, 973] mg/100g ; Iron = 2.1 [1.1, 4.3] mg/100g ; Protein = 16.4 [15.2, 17.6] % ; Omega3 = 0.467 [0.174, 1.109] g/100g ; Selenium = 94.7 [23.9, 293.6] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 33.2 [8.0, 126.3] μg/100g ; Zinc = 1.48 [0.81, 2.55] mg/100g (wet weight); based on nutrient studies.