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.