Bagrid Catfishes


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Bagrid catfishes belong to the Bagridae family. They are distributed in Asia and Africa. They have a spine before the dorsal fin, serrated pectoral spine, 6 to 7 soft dorsal rays and usually with 4 pairs of well developed barbels.

Bagrid catfishes are primarily freshwater fishes with some species that go into brackish water. Most of the species feed on small fishes, insects and plant detritus.

There are 20 genera and about 225 species worldwide. Malaysia has more than 20 species.


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Scientific Name: Hemibagrus nemurus   (Valenciennes, 1840)
English Name: Asian Redtail Catfish
Mandarin Name: 白须公 (Bái xū gōng)
Local Malay Name: Ikan Baung, Sobong
Main Diagnostic Features: Body colour brown often with greenish sheen. Fin gray with violet tint. Pectoral fin spines serrated along the inner edge. Base of adipose shorter than the base of dorsal fin base and about equal to the anal fin base. Four pairs of barbells.
Size: Maximum total length of 65 cm.



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Scientific Name: Mystus nigriceps  (Valenciennes, 1840)
English Name: Catfish
Mandarin Name: 白须公 (Bái xū gōng)
Local Malay Name: Ikan Baung Misai, Enge enge
Main Diagnostic Features: Caudal fin deeply forked with upper lobe more or less produced and pointed but not filamentous. Dorsal spine is slightly serrated at the apex. The adipose fin immediately behind the dorsal fin is more than 3 times longer. Long nasal, mandibular, maxillary and mental barbells. Maxillary barbells reaching as far as the middle of caudal fin.
Size: Maximum standard length of 20 cm.