Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Siluridae
Etymology: Ompok: It is a bad reproduction of a Malayam fish name as limpok/ompok (Ref. 45335); argestes: The specific name argestes is a Homeric (Greek) term which means southwest, a reference to the region of Sri Lanka in which the species occurs.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
Asia: Sri Lanka.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 14.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 116164)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 56 - 63;
Vertebrae: 48 - 52. Ompok argestes differs from its Indian and Sri Lankan congeners by the combination of
the following characters: body color pattern mottled; predorsal profile uniformly convex; maxillary barbels reach or extend slightly beyond the base of the dorsal fin; eye diameter 14.2-17.1% head length; body depth at anus 19.8-22.3% standard length (SL); head width 14.3-16.8% SL; caudal peduncle depth 5.6-6.5% SL; and vertebrae 48-52 (Ref. 116164).
Found among submerged roots and marginal vegetation in slow-flowing, shaded regions of rivers and streams with a substratum of mud or leaf debris (Ref. 116164).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Sudasinghe, H. and M. Meegaskumbura, 2016. Ompok argeste, a new species of silurid catfish endemic to Sri Lanka (Teleostei: Siluridae). Zootaxa 4158(2):261-271. (Ref. 116164)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00575 (0.00285 - 0.01163), b=3.00 (2.82 - 3.18), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.7 ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (27 of 100) .