rivers. Occur in shoals. Adults ascend from estuaries
into large rivers for breeding during monsoons. After
the water level recedes, they often get stranded in
small pools. Reproduction: Oviparous,
eggs are unguarded. Spawns in the rainy season and
is said to migrate upstream to the area of the upper
tributaries. Aquarium Care: These
fish can grow big and have some gnarly teeth especially
visible when they grow big. Again being an ailiid
puts them in the sensitive zone which makes them very
difficult to keep alive in home aquaria (Mishra, A).
Diet: Large specimens have abundant
curved teeth in their jaws and feed on fishes. Smaller
specimens feed on invertebrates. Remarks:Silonia silondia is still listed in
Fishbase as being in the Schilbeidae family but it
is updated in Eschmeyer's Catalog of Fishes as in
the current status of the Ailiidae family.
Northern India, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Nepal. Type
locality: Gangetic estuaries.
160cm. SL (63ins)
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