Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Teleostei (teleosts) > Siluriformes
(Catfishes) > Pangasiidae
Etymology: Pangasius: The Vietnamese name of a fish (Ref. 45335); silasi: Named for Dr. E.G. Silas, who has made important contributions to taxonomy of Indian fish species, their biogeography and evolutionary divergence with the eminent scientist Prof. S. L. Hora..
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
Asai: Krishna River at Nagarjuna Sagar Dam in Telangana, India.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 40.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 117930)
Morphology | Morphometrics
P. silasi differs from its congener P. pangasius by having vomero-palatal teeth confluent as an uninterrupted curved band (vs. two lunate vomeropalatal teeth patches on each side with a wide gap in the center) and 48 vertebrae (vs. 44). It is also distinguished from P. myanmar, which is reported from Myanmar and has overlapping distribution with P. pangasius. It is also diagnosed from all congeners by its vomero-palatine dentition (Ref. 117930).
Obligate air-breathing in the genus (Ref. 126274)
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Dwivedi, A.K., B.K. Gupta, R.K. Singh, V. Mohindra, S. Chandra, S. Easawarn, J. Jena and K.K. Lal, 2017. Cryptic diversity in the Indian clade of the catfish family Pangasiidae resolved by the description of a new species. Hydrobiologia 797:351-370. (Ref. 117930)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01047 (0.00434 - 0.02525), b=3.01 (2.80 - 3.22), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 2.9 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (40 of 100).