Aorichthys seenghala   (Sykes,  1839) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Chilika Development Authority

Size: 150 cm.

Elongated and compressed body. Its depth is 1/4th of standard length. Snout is broad and spatulate. Mouth is sub-terminal in position and its width is about 1/3rd of head length. 4 pairs of barbels are present those extend towards pelvic fin. Dorsal spine is weakly serrated. Adipose fin is short. A spot is present on the adipose dorsal fin. 20 caudal fin rays are present.

Synonym (s)
Aoria seenghala Nicholas, 1943
Aorichthys seenghala Jayaram, 1971
Bagrus aorellus Blyth, 1858
Bagrus lamarrii Valenciennes, 1839
Bagrus seenghala Jerdon, 1849
Macrones lamarrii Bleeker, 1863
Mystus(Osteobagrus) seenghala Jayaram, 1954
Platystoma seenghala Sykes, 1839

Common Name (s)
• Giant River Catfish (English)
• Aire
• Katrang
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial



• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA (Record: 1995)
• INDIA (Record: 2009)
• PAKISTAN (Record: 2009)
• Orissa, Chilika INDIA (Record: 2009)
• West Bengal, Bangaon, Ichhamati River INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Rama Rao, KV (1995) Pisces Wetland ecosystem series 1: Fauna of Chilika lake ZSI, Calcutta 483-506 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Menon, AGK (1999) Checklist: Fresh water fishes of India Occasional paper no. 175 ZSI, Kolkata 366 pp Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Karmakar, AK and Datta, AK (1988) On a collection of fish from Bastar district, Madhya Pradesh Occasional paper no 98 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Kolkata 18264 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Fauna of Tripura (part-1) vertebrates ZSI, Kolkata 365 pp
  • (2001) Fauna of Godavari estuary, Andhra Pradesh Estuarine ecosystem series 4 ZSI, Kolkata 1-166 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Mishra, SS; Pradhan, P; Kar, S and Chakraborty, SK (2003) Records of the Zoological Survey of India: Ichthyofaunal diversity of Midnapore, Bankura and Hooghly districts, south west Bengal ZSI, Kolkata 65 pp Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Satapathy, D and Panda, S (2009) Fish atlas of Chilika Chilika Development Authority, Bhubaneswar 74 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Das, SR and Nandi, NC (2004) Oxbow lake environment and management of Ichhamati river basin, West Bengal Journal of Environment and Sociobiology Social Environmental and Biological Association, Kolkata, India 1(1&2) 81-90 Available at - NIO, Goa

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