Arius dussumieri [Status Unaccepted]   Valenciennes,  1840 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Mya Than Tun

Max. size: 30 cm

Color: Body dirty bluish along the back, becoming lighter on sides; adipose fin with a black spot.

Body elongate; head depressed. Barbels 3 pairs around mouth, well developed. Median fontanelle on top of head shallow, reaches to base of supraoccipital process which is as wide at its base as it is long and extends to basal plate; basal plate before dorsal fin, narrow and S-shaped; head shield granulated above. A prominent protuberance of the lateral ethmoid above and anterior of eye distinctly seen. Premaxillary band of teeth about 3 times long as broad; teeth on palate in two patches on each side, arranged in a longitudinal series; anterior (vomerine) patch small, posterior (palatine) large, elliptical-shaped an diverging posteriorly; teeth molariform. Dorsal fin spine as long as head minus snout; pectoral fin spine shorter than dorsal fin spine.

Synonym (s)
Arius dussumieri Valanciennes, 1840
Arius nella Day, 1877
Tachysurus dussumieri Misra, 1976
Tachysurus nella Misra, 1976

Common Name (s)
• Dussumiers Catfish (English)
• Blacktip Sea Catfish (English)
• Mungam Shede (Kannada)
• Valiaethah (Malayalam)
• Kazhu Theydoo (Malayalam)
• Keluthy (Tamil)
• Mandaikaliru (Tamil)
• Nellah Jella (Telugu)
• Jeddi Jella (Telugu)
• Thogadam (Telugu)
• Shingala (Marathi)
• Mogarushedde (Marathi)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed fresh or frozen, also dried and salted)

Habitat:  Estuarine


• East Coast, Coromandel, Pulicat Lake INDIA (Record: 1997-1998)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Kerala, Vizhinjam INDIA
• Gujarat INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Off Visakhapatnam (Lat: 17.73) (Long: 83.55) INDIA (Record: 04/1989-03/1990) (Depth: 50 mts)
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.45) (Long: 87.9) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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  • Kizhakudan, SJ; Nair, KVS and Zala, MS Demersal Finfish Resources of Gujarat Sustainable fisheries development: Focus on Gujarat 57-66 Available at -
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