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Sperata seenghala (Sykes, 1839)

Image contributors to this species:

Balaram Mahalder (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus     

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory  Wikipedia

Relevant Information:

Dorsal spines (total): 1; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7 ; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 11 - 12. Body elongate and compressed; snout broad and spatulate. Barbels extend posteriorly to pelvic fins or beyond to anal fin. Dorsal spine weakly serrated on its posterior edge; adipose fin base short, about as long as the rayed dorsal fin base. Color is brownish-gray on back, silvery on flanks and belly. A dark well-defined spot is on the adipose dorsal fin. Found in rivers, canals, beels, ditches, inundated fields and other freshwater areas. Carnivore. Breeding occurs before the commencement of monsoons. Oviparous, distinct pairing possibly like other members of the same genus. S.seenghala differs from S. aor by the presence of a spatulate snout and a shorter maxillary barbel. The largest recorded size in Bangladesh was 112.3cm in total length (Rahman, 2005). The pictured specimen was caught in Sunamganj, Bangladesh Jan. 18th. 2008. The recorded size was 29cm.

Common Name:

Giant river-catfish


Platystoma seenghala, Bagrus Lamarrii Valenciennes, in Cuvier & Valenciennes, Bagrus aorinus Valenciennes, 1840, in Jacquemont.




Asia: Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Ganges River system and peninsular India at least as far south as the Krishna River. Type locality: Deccan, India.


130cm. (52ins) S. L.


23-26°C (73-79°F)




Chowdhury, M.M., 2007, Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh. Vol. 23. Freshwater Fishes. Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. 300p.
Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.
Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2009.FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (07/2010).



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