|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Sperata seenghala (Sykes, 1839)|
|Common Name||Giant River-catfish|
|Type Locality||Deccan, India|
|Synonym(s)||Aor seenghala, Aorichthys seenghala, Macrones seenghala, Mystus seenghala, Platystoma seenghala, Platystomus seenghala|
|Pronunciation||ss per AT ah - SING hah lah|
|Etymology||The genus is named after MA Sperat. The specific epithet comes from the Bihari (and Oriya) names of the fish (seenghala or singara).|
|Size||1500mm or 59.1" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Eye situated completely in anterior half of head, more precaudal vertebrae (21-23) than congeners, length of supraoccipital spine less than interneural shield.|
|Sexing||Males are more slender and have an elongate genital papilla in front of the anal fin.|
|Distribution||Ganges, Indus, and rivers in India as far south as the Krishna River; probably occurs in Myanmar.
Indian waters, Andhra Pradesh State Waters, Krishna (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, North Eastern India Waters, Padma, Ganges (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Pakistan Waters, Indus (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|IUCN Red List Status||Least Concern|
|pH||6.0 - 7.0|
|Temperature||20.0-25.0°C or 68-77°F (Show species within this range)|
|Feeding||Readily feeds on live or frozen foods, smaller fishes, shrimps, and prepared foods such as pellets.|
|Furniture||Provide ample driftwood for shelter.|
|Compatibility||Not suitable with smaller tankmates, as it will eat them. Territorial with conspecifics, so best kept alone.|
|Breeding||Not reported in aquaria. Spawning is said to occur before the beginning of the southwest monsoon season in India. Individuals spawn at irregular intervals throughout the reproductive season and females can produce more than 1.2 million ova. It has been suggested that the males incubate the eggs in highly vascularized, spongy skin on the ventral surface of their abdomen and then feed the newly-hatched fry with a milky-white exudate from the abdominal wall.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1838 (pt 6), pp 164.|
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|Last Update||2014 Jun 17 18:56 (species record created: 2003 Sep 28 00:00)|