Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Bagridae
(Bagrid catfishes) > Ariinae
Etymology: Tachysurus: Greek, tachys, -eia, y = quick + Greek, oura = tail (Ref. 45335); spilotus: Latinized from the Greek spilotos, meaning spot. The name is an adjective and refers to the spots on the bases of the caudal-fin lobes, a key diagnostic character for this species.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Tropical; 17°N - 14°N, 108°E - 109°E
Asia: central Vietnam. Da Nang province, Song Thuy Loan drainage, Suoi Mo, Ba Na foothills (Ref. 82737).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 82737)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Tachysurus spilotus can be distinguished from congeners except T. argentivittatus, T. longispinalis and T. virgatus in having a color pattern consisting of black longitudinal stripes on a pale body (vs. with a uniform-colored body, with pale patches or transverse bands on a dark body, or with dark
rectangular patches on a pale body). It differs from T. argentivittatus in having a less bulbous snout, a notched (vs. uninterrupted) dark dorsal band and gently convex (vs. straight) posterior edges of the caudal-fin lobes; from T. longispinalis in having a shorter dorsal-fin spine (ca. 27% SL vs. 15.1–19.0) and maxillary barbels shorter (vs. longer) than head; and from T. virgatus in having a gently convex (vs. straight) posterior edges of the caudal-fin lobes, the presence of dark spots at the basal third of the caudal-fin lobes (vs. a dark line running through the middle of each caudal-fin lobe), and a more broadly convex snout when viewed dorsally or ventrally (Ref. 82737).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Ng, H.H., 2009. Tachysurus spilotus, a new species of catfish from central Vietnam (Teleostei: Bagridae). Zootaxa 2283:16-28. (Ref. 82737)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5001 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00692 (0.00293 - 0.01631), b=3.01 (2.81 - 3.21), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (15 of 100) .