Teleostei (teleosts) > Siluriformes
(Catfishes) > Bagridae
Etymology: Mystus: Greek, mystax = whiskered, used by Belon in 1553 to describe all fishes with whiskers (Ref. 45335).
More on author: Roberts.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
Asia: Chao Phraya and Bangpakong basins in Thailand and Mekong basin.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 35.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 30857)
Vertebrae: 40 - 42. Melanophores absent from skin in immediate proximity of lateral line, thus creating a thin median white or pale stripe. The stripe is emphasized by dense accumulations of melanophores immediately above and below it. Some specimens have a pale, semiocellated humeral spot and with small, dark, triangular midpeduncular spot.
Facultative air-breathing in the genus (Ref. 126274); Found in flowing and standing waters, especially around submerged woody vegetation. Adults feed on insect larvae, including chironomids as well as zooplankton and fishes. Spawn just prior to or at the onset of the rainy season and its young are first caught in July and August. Oviparous, distinct pairing possibly like other members of the same family (Ref. 205). Marketed fresh or smoked (Ref. 12693).
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. 126983)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00912 (0.00422 - 0.01973), b=2.92 (2.75 - 3.09), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.7 ±0.55 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Assuming Fec < 10,000).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (33 of 100).