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Arius subrostratus  Valenciennes, 1840

Shovelnose sea catfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes (Catfish) > Ariidae (Sea catfishes) > Ariinae
Etymology: Arius: Greek, arios, areios = dealing with Mars, warlike, bellicose (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Valenciennes.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; brackish; demersal; non-migratory; depth range 0 - 20 m (Ref. 43081).   Tropical, preferred ?

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Indo-West Pacific: Pakistan east to Thailand then south to the Philippines and Indonesia.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 39.5 cm NG male/unsexed; (Ref. 43081); common length : 12.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 3290)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found in marine waters, as well as estuaries and tidal rivers, at times burrowed in the soft mud of the mangroves. Feed mainly on invertebrates. Males incubate the eggs in the buccal cavity (Ref. 43081). The sharp dorsal and pectoral fin spines can inflict painful wounds. Also caught with dipnets and set bagnets. Sold mostly fresh.

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Males incubate the eggs in the buccal cavity.

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Ferraris, Jr., Carl J. | Collaborators

Jayaram, K.C., 1984. Ariidae. In W. Fischer and G. Bianchi (eds.) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean fishing area 51. Vol. 1. FAO, Rome. pag. var. (Ref. 3290)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Traumatogenic (Ref. 3290)




Human uses

Fisheries: commercial
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