Arius platystomus [Status Unaccepted]   Day,  1877 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Mya Than Tun

Max. size: 15 cm

Color: Body bluish on back, lighter on sides and below. Fins with light tinge of gray.

Body elongate; head depressed, the snout duck-billed shaped. Three pairs of flat and fleshy barbels around mouth. Median fontanelle on top of head short and narrow, not reaching to base of supra-occipital process; supra-occipital process strongly keeled; basal plate before dorsal fin S-shaped. Teeth in jaws villiform; premaxillary tooth band continuous, about 6 times as long as broad; teeth on palate in one patch on each side, pyriform shaped, with granular teeth. Dorsal fin spine strong; adipose fin small. Pectoral fin spines strong.

Synonym (s)
Tackysurus platystomus Day, 1877
Arius platystomus Day, 1877
Tachysurus platystomus Misra, 1976

Common Name (s)
• Flat Mouth Sea Catfish (English)
• Flat Mouthed Catfish (English)
• Khapadi Shingala (Marathi)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed fresh or frozen, also dried and salted)

Habitat:  Estuarine, Coastal


• Maharashtra, Mumbai Coast INDIA
• West Bengal, Hugli Estuary INDIA
• Orissa INDIA
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.45) (Long: 87.9) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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