Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfishes) > Bagridae
Etymology: Mystus: Greek, mystax = whiskered, used by Belon in 1553 to describe all fishes with whiskers (Ref. 45335). More on author: Fowler.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal; depth range - m (Ref. ), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Asia: Bangkok, Meklong and Chao Phraya basins in Thailand and Lower Mekong.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 12693)
soft rays: 11 - 14;
Vertebrae: 41 - 43. Differs from all other Mystus sensu stricto by its strongly demarcated, narrow, midlateral longitudinal dark stripe (straddling the lateral line canal), and in having base of outer mandibular barbels slightly behind, rather than in front of, a line vertical to posterior margin of labial rictus. Adipose fin relatively short, originating at a distance of about one eye diameter posterior to dorsal fin and extending only a short distance onto caudal peduncle (Ref. 10418). Total gill rakers 24-28 (Ref. 12975). Adipose fin base longer than anal fin base, originating slightly behind dorsal; cranial fontanel extending posteriorly to base of occipital process (Ref. 43281).
Adults occur in medium to large-sized rivers and flooded fields (Ref. 12975). Feed on insect larvae, fish scales and other fish body parts, as well as plant debris. Breeding habits and seasonal movements are unknown (Ref. 12693). Oviparous, distinct pairing possibly like other members of the same family (Ref. 205).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Roberts, T.R., 1994. Systematic revision of Asian bagrid catfishes of the genus Mystus sensu stricto, with a new species from Thailand and Cambodia. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 5(3):241-256. (Ref. 10418)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00832 (0.00384 - 0.01800), b=2.95 (2.77 - 3.13), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.56 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Assuming Fec < 10,000).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (27 of 100) .