The specimen pictured was caught in Trivandrum, the
capital and the largest city of the Indian state of
Kerala. This city is now known as Thiruvananthapuram.
Clarias dussumieri has undergone a sharp
decline (more than 80%) in Kerala over the last 20
years generally caused by loss of habitat, pollution
and overfishing. Although over its entire range the
species is facing similar threats, it has not undergone
such rapid declines over the last 10 years. It is
therefore inferred that the overall rate of decline
may be less than 30%, hence it is assessed as Near
Threatened. However this calls for an urgent assessment
of the status on the ground to understand overall
population declines and also implement conservation
recommendations.(IUCN). Diet: Predatory,
feeds on small fishes and insects. Remarks:
Found in ditches and prefers lower reaches of streams,
rivers and canals with muddy bottom; commonly found
in ponds, swamps and paddy fields.
South Asia: Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and Pondicherry.
Type locality: Malabar, Mahé,
Froese, R. and D. Pauly.
Editors. 2009. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic
publication. www.fishbase.org, version (02/2016). Abraham, R. 2011. Clarias dussumieri.
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2011. Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist
of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes),
and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa