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. Diet: Large specimens
have abundant curved teeth in their jaws and feed
on fishes. Smaller specimens feed on invertebrates.
is still listed in Fishbase as being in the Schilbeidae
family but it is updated in The Catalog of Fishes
as in the current status of the family Ailiidae.
Northern India, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Nepal. Type
locality: Gangetic estuaries.
160cm. SL (63ins)
R. and D. Pauly.
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1991. Inland fishes of India and adjacent countries.
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