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Barcode data: Sperata seenghala
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Sperata seenghala
Public Records: 3
Specimens with Barcodes: 9
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Sperata seenghala, the Giant river-catfish, is a species of bagrid catfish. It is known locally as Guizza, Guizza ayer, Auri, Ari, Pogal, Singhara and Seenghala, among other names. It is found in southern Asia in the countries of Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal and Bangladesh with reports of occurrence in Thailand and Yunnan, China. It can reach a length of 150 cm, though lengths up to 40 cm are more usual. It is commercially fished for human consumption as well as being a popular gamefish with a reputation for being a good fighter when hooked. It is carnivorous in diet. It can be distinguished from other sperata species by its spatulate, blunt snout, relatively short barbels and mouth that is only 1/3 as wide as the head is long.
- Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2011). "Sperata seenghala" in FishBase. December 2011 version.
- Breeding and nursing of Asiatic shovelnose catfish, Aorichthys seenghala (Sykes, 1841). (by W. Ratanatrivong, N. Anurakchanachai and P. Rungpiboonsophit)
- Giant river catfish, Sperata seenghala (Sykes, 1839).BdFISH
- Bhattacharjee, M. J.; Laskar, B. A.; Dhar, B.; Ghosh, S. K. (2012). Schierwater, Bernd, ed. "Identification and Re-Evaluation of Freshwater Catfishes through DNA Barcoding". PLoS ONE 7 (11): e49950. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0049950. PMC 3499493. PMID 23166801.
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