Systematic position
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii (Ray-finned fishes)
Order: Siluriformes (Catfishes)
Superfamily: Sisoroidea
Family: Erethistidae (Erethistid catfishes)
Genus: Pseudolaguvia
Species: P. shawi

Glyptothorax shawi (Hora, 1921)
Laguvia shawi Hora, 1921

English name: Painted catfish

Distributions: Bangladesh (Rahman, 1989 and 2005); India (Tista drainage and Darjeeling Himalaya) (Talwar and Jhingran, 1991).

Conservation status: Data Deficient in Bangladesh (IUCN Bangladesh, 2000).

Morphology: Body more or less elongate with small eyes and inferior mouth. Eyes are 8 times in head (Talwar and Jhingran, 1991). Strong and smooth dorsal spine; pectoral spine strong and serrated internally. Caudal semi-circular. Median grove on head wide and shallow (Rahman, 1989 and 2005).

Body color dark grayish-yellow on back and dull whitish below. Black transverse bands on fins. Two broad bands on body. Maxillary barbels with 7-8 bands (Rahman, 1989 and 2005).

Fin formula:

D. I/6; P1. I/6; P2. 7; A. 9 (Rahman, 1989 and 2005)

D I 5-6; A i 8; P I 7; V i 5 (Talwar and Jhingran, 1991)

Maximum lengths: 3.3 cm (Rahman, 1989 and 2005) and 3 cm (Talwar and Jhingran, 1991).

Habitats: Found in Mohananda river near Tetulia and Koilla khal in Chittagong of Bangladesh (Rahman, 1989 and 2005).

Fishery info: Of no interest to fisheries (Talwar and Jhingran, 1991).



Hora SL (1921) Fish and fisheries of Manipur with some observations on those of the Naga Hills. Records of the Indian Museum (Calcutta) 22(3/19): 165-214, Pls. 9-12.

IUCN Bangladesh (2000) Red book of threatened fishes of Bangladesh, IUCN- The world conservation union. xii+116 pp.

Rahman AKA (1989) Freshwater Fishes of Bangladesh, 1st edition, Zoological Society of Bangladesh, Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000, p. 212.

Rahman AKA (2005) Freshwater Fishes of Bangladesh, 2nd edition, Zoological Society of Bangladesh, Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000, pp. 234-235.

Talwar PK and Jhingran AG (1991) Inland Fishes of India and Adjacent Countries, Vol. 1, Oxford & IBH Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi-Calcutta, pp. 672-673.


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Painted catfish, Pseudolaguvia shawi (Hora, 1921)

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