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Silonia silondia (Hamilton, 1822)

Image contributors to this species:

Nonn Panitvong (2) Kamphol Udomrittiruj (2) Jian Ruilong (1)

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Relevant Information:

Inhabit 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. Oviparous, eggs are unguarded. Spawns in the rainy season and is said to migrate upstream to the area of the upper tributaries. 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 The Catalog of Fishes as in the family Ailiidae.

Common Name:

Silond catfish


Ageniosus lurida, Pimelodus silondia, Silonia lurida, Silundia gangetica




Asia: Northern India, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Nepal. Type locality: Gangetic estuaries.


160cm. SL (63ins)


23-26°C (73-79°F)




Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2008.FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (07/2008).
Burgess, W.E. 1989 An atlas of freshwater and marine catfishes. A preliminary survey of the Siluriformes. T.F.H. Publications, Inc., Neptune City, New Jersey (USA). 784 p.
Talwar, P.K. and A.G. Jhingran, 1991. Inland fishes of India and adjacent countries. Volume 2. A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam.



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