Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Bagridae
Etymology: Bagrus: Mozarabic, bagre, taken from Greek, pagros = a fish (Dentex sp.) (Ref. 45335). More on author: Lönnberg.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical; 4°S - 6°S
Africa: restricted to the single type specimen from the Lubosi River (Luala tributary, lower Congo River basin) (Ref. 78218). Presence in the Lulua (Ref. 46243) unconfirmed and doubtful (Ref. 3236, 78218).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 24.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 3236)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 11. Head smooth above; snout broadly rounded; band of premaxillary teeth 6 times as long as broad, close to and nearly as broad as the crescentic band of vomerine teeth; maxillary barbel 2.25 times head length, reaching beyond pelvic fins; nasal barbel 0.4 times head length; inner mandibulary barbel 0.43 times head length; outer mandibulary barbel 0.86 times head length; occipital processus narrow and short, widely separated from the first interneural bone; longest branched ray of dorsal fin 0.71 times head length; dorsal spine very weak; adipose fin 4 times longer than high, much longer than the base of the dorsal fin; caudal fin deeply forked, both lobes with long filaments; pectoral spine weak with the outer half articulated (Ref. 52141).
Coloration: brown above with irregularly scattered small black dots which are most numerous on the caudal and adipose fin, but are also seen on the back and sides; no dots below lateral line; whitish below (Ref. 52141).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Risch, L.M., 1986. Bagridae. p. 2-35. In J. Daget, J.-P. Gosse and D.F.E. Thys van den Audenaerde (eds.) Check-list of the freshwater fishes of Africa (CLOFFA). ISNB, Brussels; MRAC, Tervuren; and ORSTOM, Paris. Vol. 2. (Ref. 3236)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5005 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01023 (0.00390 - 0.02688), b=2.95 (2.72 - 3.18), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.7 ±0.9 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Assuming Fec>10,000).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (40 of 100) .