Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Sisoridae
(Sisorid catfishes) > Sisorinae
Etymology: Sisor: Local name for the fish in Bengal and Bihar; rheophilus: Derived from Greek rheos, meaning flow, and philus, meaning to love, in reference to the habitat of this species.
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical, preferred ?
Asia: Ganges River basin in India.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 15.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 85009)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 6;
Vertebrae: 31 - 34. Differs from other members of the genus in possessing a narrower nuchal plate (width equal to length vs. width 1.2-1.3 times length); larger eye (13.2-16.3% HL vs. 6.9-12.2) and a longer snout (56.2-60.3% HL vs. 53.9-55.9) , except for Sisor torosus. Can be distinguished further from Sisor rabdophorus and Sisor chennuah in having a narrower head (14.5-14.8% SL vs. 15.1-17.7) (Ref. 55921).
Inhabits swift-flowing rivers with sandy bottoms (Ref. 55921).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Ng, H.H., 2003. A revision of the south Asian sisorid catfish genus Sisor (Teleostei: Siluriformes). J. Nat. Hist. 37:2871-2883. (Ref. 55921)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5156 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00417 (0.00167 - 0.01042), b=3.12 (2.90 - 3.34), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (35 of 100) .