Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfishes) > Horabagridae
Etymology: Horabagrus: Named for S.L.Hora, director of Zoological Survey of India + Greek, pagros = a fish, Dentex sp. (Ref. 45335); melanosoma: The name ‘melanosoma’ refers to the black color on the body of new fish; from the Greek words ‘melanos’ means black and ‘some’ means body.
This species is a synonym of Horabagrus brachysoma according to Ali et al., 2014 (Ref. 97668). This species page will be removed.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
Asia: Manimala River in Kerala, India.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 23.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 94428)
Morphology | Morphometrics
The type locality West Venpala of Manimala River has a width of 40- 50 m, depth <1 to 5 m, bank height of 1 m in summer season, sediments generally silty clay with occasional patches of sand, and moderately dense riparian vegetation. Syntopic with Catla catla, Cyprinus carpio communis, Labeo rohita, Labeo dussumeiri, Cirrhina mrigala, Puntius mahecola, P. amphibus, Pethia ticto, Haludaria fasciata, Drawkinsia filamentosa, Systomus subnasutus, Wallago attu, Heteropneusteus fossilis, Clarias dussumeiri and Ompok malabaricus (Ref. 94428).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Plamoottil, M. and N.P. Abraham, 2013. Horabagrus melanosoma, a new fish species (Actinopterygii: Siluriformes) from Kerala, India. Intl. J. Pure Appl. Zool. 1(4):280-288. (Ref. 94428)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (19 of 100) .