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Cranoglanis bouderius (Richardson, 1846)

Image contributors to this species:

Zhou Hang (1) Freshwater Fishes of China in Coloured Illustrations (1) Johnny Jensen's Photographic Library (2) Cheilinus Aquarium Photography (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Factsheet Etymology = Genus  

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory


Relevant Information:

There is not much information on the keeping of Cranoglanis species but they are predators so would need to take this into account if purchasing. Not seen very often in the hobby. Dorsal spines (total): 2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 6; Anal soft rays: 28 - 29. No scale, straight and complete lateral line. Short dorsal fin, the highest ray almost equals the length of the head. Long maxillary barbel reaches to the middle of the pectoral fin. Swimming bladder is heart-shaped, divided into three chambers. Olive colored body, gradually become white starting from the stomach. All fins white grey. Found in river bottom with clear water flows. Lives on shrimps and small fishes. Usually caught as a food fish.

Common Name:

Helmet Catfish


Bagrus bouderius, Cranoglanis bouderius bouderius, Macrones sinensis, Cranoglanis sinensis




Asia: Kwangsi-Province in China, Zhu-jiang River


43cm (17ins)


20-24°C (67-75°F)




Zheng, C.-Y. 1990 Cranoglanididae. p. 294-297. In J.-H. Pan, L. Zhong, C.-Y. Zheng, H.-L. Wu and J.-H. Liu (eds). 1991. The freshwater fishes of Guangdong Province. Guangdong Science and Technology Press, Guangzhou. 589 p.
Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2009.FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (03/2012).



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