Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Teleostei (teleosts) > Siluriformes
(Catfishes) > Sisoridae
(Sisorid catfishes) > Sisorinae
Etymology: Bagarius: From the local name Vaghari, in Calcuta (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal; potamodromous (Ref. 51243). Tropical
Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia (Borneo, Sumatra), Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 200 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 7050)
Adults occur in large rivers on the bottom, even with swift current (Ref. 12693). They never enter small streams (Ref. 37770). Found among boulders, often in the white water of the rapids where it apparently is indifferent to the strong current. Feed primarily on prawns but will take small fishes and aquatic insects (Ref. 6868). Spawn in rivers before the rainy season (Ref. 12693). Migrate in schools. Reported to migrate to follow its prey. Also reported that individuals follow Catlocarpio siamensis during the upstream migration (Ref. 37770). Apparently the main upstream migration begins close to the peak of flood when the current is very strong and the water is turbid (Ref. 37770). Sold fresh in markets. Not a highly esteemed food fish, because its fibrous flesh spoils rapidly and can cause illness (Ref. 12693).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Ng, H.H. and M. Kottelat, 2021. Description of Bagarius vegrandis, a new species of sisorid catfish from Indochina (Actinopterygii: Siluriformes), with notes on the identity of Bagarius bagarius. Zootaxa 4926(1):134-146. (Ref. 123776)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5625 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00513 (0.00254 - 0.01037), b=3.02 (2.84 - 3.20), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for species & Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.7 ±0.60 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Very Low, minimum population doubling time more than 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Very high vulnerability (90 of 100).
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 43.8 [19.2, 102.5] mg/100g ; Iron = 0.87 [0.43, 1.86] mg/100g ; Protein = 16.8 [15.4, 18.3] % ; Omega3 = 0.15 [0.05, 0.45] g/100g ; Selenium = 63.5 [20.6, 194.9] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 24.8 [4.8, 119.5] μg/100g ; Zinc = 1.46 [0.88, 2.38] mg/100g (wet weight);