Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Teleostei (teleosts) > Siluriformes
(Catfishes) > Bagridae
Etymology: Mystus: Greek, mystax = whiskered, used by Belon in 1553 to describe all fishes with whiskers (Ref. 45335); alasensis: Name derived from the Sungai Alas (Alas River) drainage..
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
Asia: Sungai Alas drainage in Sumatra, Indonesia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.8 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 55439)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 12 - 14;
Vertebrae: 38 - 41. Distinguished from all other Southeast Asian congeners, except Mystus castaneus, M. impluviatus and M. nigriceps by the following combination of characters: a moderately long (29-37% SL), low adipose-fin, uniform body color, fossa on midline of the cranium not reaching to the base of the supraoccipital process and extremely long maxillary barbels that reach beyond the base of the caudal fin (Ref. 55439). Differs from M. castaneus, M. impluviatus and M. nigriceps in lacking a dark triangular mark at the base of the caudal fin. Further differs from M. nigriceps in having a longer (34.3-36.3% SL vs. 26.3-31.4), deeper (6.7-7.5% SL vs. 4.1-6.0) adipose fin and longer pelvic fins (17.6-20.2% SL vs. 13.4-16.7); and from M. castaenus and M. impluviatus in having a more gently-sloping dorsal profile of the head. Differs also from M. impluviatus in lacking (vs. presence) of fontanel on the supraoccipital and having a deeper adipose fin (6.7-7.5% SL vs. 4.7-6.0) (Ref. 55439).
Facultative air-breathing in the genus (Ref. 126274); Oviparous, distinct pairing possibly like other members of the same family (Ref. 205).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Ng, H.H. and R.K. Hadiaty, 2005. Two new bagrid catfish (Teleostei: Bagridae) from the Alas River drainage, northern Sumatra. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 16(1):83-92. (Ref. 55439)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
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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
): 3.3 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Assuming Fec < 10,000).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 346 [186, 855] mg/100g ; Iron = 3.23 [1.59, 5.89] mg/100g ; Protein = 16 [15, 17] % ; Omega3 = 0.356 [0.131, 0.935] g/100g ; Selenium = 57.6 [20.7, 156.5] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 78.2 [24.8, 240.5] μg/100g ; Zinc = 2.6 [1.5, 4.3] mg/100g (wet weight);