Family Chacidae - Squarehead or angler catfish
No. in FishBase
Genera : 2 | Species : 5 Eschmeyer's Catalog of Fishes
Fresh : Yes | Brackish : No | Marine : No
Primary freshwater
  First Fossil Record
Distribution: India to Borneo (the 2 species occupying disjunct ranges). Head broad and depressed. Hind part of body compressed. Mouth large and terminal. Eyes reduced. One short leading spine in dorsal fin: soft rays 4. Anal fin soft rays 8-10. Pectoral fin having 1 serrated spine; soft rays 4 or 5. Large pelvic fins; fin rays 6. Adipose fin continuous with caudal fin. Branchiostegal rays 6-8. Total vertebrae 31-35; abdominals 14-16. About 24 cm maximum length. Maxillary barbels sometimes used to lure prey.
Because of the sound that this fish makes when out of water
  Reproductive guild
  Typical activity level
  Main Ref.
  Deep Fin Classification
Osteichthyes | Actinopterygii | Actinopteri | Neopterygii | Teleostei | Osteoglossocephalai | Clupeocephala | Otomorpha | Ostariophysi | | Otophysa | | | | | | Siluriphysae | Siluriformes | Siluroidei | | Chacidae

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Species/Synonymy list for the family Chacidae as currently in FishBase

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Scientifc name Status Senior/Junior synonym Combination
Chaca chaca (Hamilton, 1822)
Platystacus chaca Hamilton, 1822
Chaca lophioides Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1832
Chaca buchanani G√ľnther, 1864
Chaca bankanensis (non Bleeker, 1852)
Chaca bankanensis Bleeker, 1852
Chaca burmensis Brown & Ferraris, 1988
Chaca lophioides (non Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1832)
Chaca serica Ng & Kottelat, 2012
Cyanogaster noctivaga Mattox, Britz, Toledo-Piza & Marinho, 2013
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