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Nemapteryx caelata (Valenciennes, 1840)

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Jean-Francois Helias (3)

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Head shield strongly rugose and granulated; supra-occipital process short, about as long as broad, with median keel, hind end concave. Dorsal and pectoral fins with very strong, thick, and coarsely granulated spine; tip of dorsal spine produced into a long filament; adipose fin rather large. Body with metallic blue luster. Tip of dorsal fin blackish, its filament black; pectoral, pelvic and anal fins dusky; caudal fin paler; adipose fin either entirely black or  bearing a large black blotch on upper half. Mostly marine. Enters brackish waters and tidal rivers. Regularly ascends into fresh water in the Mekong delta. Feeds mainly on invertebrates and small fishes. Marketed fresh, also dried-salted. An important food fish.

Common Name:

Engraved catfish


Tachysurus caelatus, Cephalocassis coelatus, Arius caelatus   


Ariidae mblycipitidae


South and southeast Asia. Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia and Indonesia. Type locality: Jakarta, Java, Indonesia; Bombay, India.


40.0cm. (16ins)


  26-29°c (79-85°f )




Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2006.FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (03/2006).
Marceniuk, Alexandre P.; Menezes, Naércio A. (2007). "Systematics of the family Ariidae (Ostariophysi, Siluriformes), with a redefinition of the genera" Zootaxa 1416: 1–126.



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