Elongated and compressed body. Mouth large and oblique.
Teeth in villiform bands on the jaws. Maxillary barbels
extends slightly below the posterior border of the
eyes. Mandibular pair very short, almost equal to
one eye diameter. Anal long, inserted well behind
the dorsal fin with 66-71 branched rays. Pectoral
spine serrated on its inner edge. Caudal deeply forked.
Habitat: Inhabits clear as well as
muddy rivers, streams, ponds and lakes. Colouration:
Silvery-grey with a faint shoulder spot. Body cloudy
all over with black dots. Remarks:
This species was listed as an endangered species in
the Red List of IUCN Bangladesh (2000) due to loss
of habitats and over-exploitation.
Silurus pabda, Silurus
Asia:Brahmaputra and Ganges River basins, India
and Bangladesh; Pakistan. Type locality:
ponds and rivers of Bengal.
Ferraris, C.J. Jr.,
2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628. Rahman, Ataur; Chowdhury, W. Gawsia; Encyclopedia
of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh. Vol.23. Freshwater
Fishes. Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. 300p.