|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Bagarius bagarius (Hamilton, 1822)|
|Common Names||Devil Catfish
Giant Devil Catfish, Ganges-djævlemalle (Denmark), Giant Painted Catfish, Goonch, Goonch-malle (Denmark), Sand Shark
|Type Locality||Ganges River, India [rivers at Kolkata].|
|Synonym(s)||Bagarius buchanani, Bagarius yarrelli, Pachypterus luridus, Pimelodus bagarius, Pimelodus carnaticus|
|Pronunciation||bag are ee uss - bag are ee uss|
|Etymology||Bagarius: From the Bengali name of the fish (Vaghari).|
|Size||2000mm or 78.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Distribution||Asia: Ganges, Mekong and Chao Phraya basins. Reported from Salween, Maeklong and Peninsular Thailand.
Salween, Upper Salween (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Pakistan Waters, Indus (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)
Log in to view data on a map.
|IUCN Red List Category||Not Evaluated|
|pH||7.2 - 7.6|
|Temperature||18.0-23.0°C or 64.4-73.4°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||Clean, well oxygenated water is required for this flowing river-dwelling fish.|
|Feeding||Larval foods such as bloodworm and also shrimp. larger morsels (including fish) can be offered as the fish grows.|
|Furniture||Large, smooth and rounded stones over a sandy substrate.|
|Compatibility||In nature, it is a truly excellent predator, typically hunting in groups. In captivity, exhibits very anti-social behaviour so introduce other (large) fishes with extreme care as it reportedly eats scales and fin parts of some large fish kept with it. Will eat anything smaller.|
|Breeding||Unreported in the aquarium. To quote Baensch Vol. II, ''Who wants to breed this demon, anyway?''.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|Reference||An account of the fishes found in the river Ganges, pp 186, 378, Pl. 7 (fig. 62).|
|Registered Keepers||Keeping this species? Why not .
There are 22 registered keepers, view all "my cats" data.
|Wishlists||Love this species? Click the heart to add it to your wish list.
There are 5 wishes to keep this species, see who wants what.
|Spotters||Spotted this species somewhere? Click the binoculars!
There are 8 records of this fish being seen, view them all.
|More on Bagarius bagarius|
|Look up Bagarius bagarius on AquaticRepublic.com|
|Look up Bagarius bagarius on Fishbase|
|Look up Bagarius bagarius on Encyclopedia of Life|
|Look up Bagarius bagarius on Global Biodiversity Information Facility|
|LFS label creator.|
|Last Update||2021 Aug 17 09:18 (species record created: 2005 Nov 28 00:00)|