Arius gagorides   Cuvier and Valenciennes  1839 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 90 cm.

Color: Brownish above, bluish on the sides where it is glossed with gold, and dull white beneath. Fins with a bluish-black tinge. Young specimens are of a brownish color, glossed above with purplish and yellow, the fins are nearly black.

Crown of head granulated, the granules being arranged in radiating series. Median fontanel wide, but it does not extend to the base of the occipital process, which is triangular, elevated into an obtuse ridge along its middle and rather broader than long, the basal bone of the dorsal spine is of moderate width, narrowest in the middle, each half slightly bent into an S-shaped form. Maxillary barbels reach to end of head or nor so far, mandibular ones shorter. Dorsal spine strong, as long as head without snout, granulated in front and obtusely serrated behind, not so high as the soft dorsal. Adipose fin equal to or somewhat shorter than dorsal. Pectoral spine stronger and usually slightly shorter than that of the dorsal, granulated exteriorly and serrated interiorly. Ventral fins much shorter than the pectorals, not extending on to the anal. Caudal deeply forked. Teeth on palate villiform, in 4 groups, the outer ones large, somewhat triangular and emarginate posteriorly, connected together anteriorly by the two small median groups.

Synonym (s)
Pimelodus sona Hamilton Buchanan 1822
Bagrus gagorides Cuvier and Valenciennes 1839
Bagrus trachipomus Cuvier and Valenciennes 1839
Arius gagorides Gunther 1864
Arius sona Day 1888
Arius gagorides Duncker 1904

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA (Record: 1965)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1965) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago E.J. Brill, Leiden, Holland 2 404 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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