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: Day.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal; pH range: 5.8 - 8.0; dH range: ? - 30; potamodromous (Ref. 51243). Tropical; 18°C - 26°C (Ref. 2059)
Asia: Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Indonesia. Also Bhutan (Ref. 40882).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 17.7 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 116918)
Found in lakes, tanks, rivers, canals and beels. Oviparous, distinct pairing possibly like other members of the same family (Ref. 205). Caught with other fishes from fishing operations.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Talwar, P.K. and A.G. Jhingran, 1991. Inland fishes of India and adjacent countries. Volume 2. A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam. (Ref. 4833)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial; aquarium: commercial
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00977 (0.00777 - 0.01229), b=2.97 (2.91 - 3.03), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this species (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Assuming Fec < 10,000).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (28 of 100) .
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 539 [224, 1,264] mg/100g ; Iron = 3.14 [1.70, 6.24] mg/100g ; Protein = 16.4 [15.3, 17.4] % ; Omega3 = 0.304 [0.125, 0.650] g/100g ; Selenium = 70.4 [14.7, 242.8] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 64.1 [18.2, 214.2] μg/100g ; Zinc = 2.42 [1.33, 4.07] mg/100g (wet weight); based on nutrient studies.