Horabagrus melanosoma Plamoottil & Abraham, 2013
Black Horabagrus
Horabagrus melanosoma
photo by Plamoottil, M.

Family:  Horabagridae (Imperial catfishes)
Max. size:  23.5 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; freshwater
Distribution:  Asia: Manimala River in Kerala, India.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-8; Anal soft rays: 31-33
Biology:  The type locality West Venpala of Manimala River has a width of 40- 50 m, depth <1 to 5 m, bank height of 1 m in summer season, sediments generally silty clay with occasional patches of sand, and moderately dense riparian vegetation. Syntopic with Catla catla, Cyprinus carpio communis, Labeo rohita, Labeo dussumeiri, Cirrhina mrigala, Puntius mahecola, P. amphibus, Pethia ticto, Haludaria fasciata, Drawkinsia filamentosa, Systomus subnasutus, Wallago attu, Heteropneusteus fossilis, Clarias dussumeiri and Ompok malabaricus (Ref. 94428).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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