Bagrus is a genus of bagrid catfishes. These are relatively large catfish found in freshwater habitats in Africa,[1] except for the virtually unknown B. tucumanus from South America, which likely is a synonym of Luciopimelodus pati.[2][3]

Temporal range: Late Miocene? - Recent
7.0–0 Ma
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Bagrus bajad
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Siluriformes
Family: Bagridae
Genus: Bagrus
L. A. G. Bosc, 1816
Type species
Silurus bajad
Forsskål, 1775

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Porcus Saint-Hilaire, 1809 (see text)


The present scientific name Bagrus was first proposed by Louis Augustin Guillaume Bosc in 1816 for the bayad and its closest relatives. Although in 1809, Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire had already separated this fish in his new genus Porcus. But this was overruled by the ICZN, so that the junior synonym could continue to be used.[4]


Eleven living species are placed here:[1]

A possible fossil Bagrus from about 7 million years ago, found in Late Miocene Baynunah Formation[5] rocks near Ruwais (Abu Dhabi), has been described:[4]

  • Bagrus shuwaiensis Forey & Young, 1999

However, it is not quite clear whether it belongs in Bagrus or some other Bagridae genus, or even in the Claroteidae.[4]


  • Ferraris, Carl J. Jr. (2007): Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418: 1–628. PDF fulltext
  1. ^ a b Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2017). Species of Bagrus in FishBase. April 2017 version.
  2. ^ Koerber, S.; and T. Litz (2008). On some overlooked taxa of freshwater fishes described from Argentina by Hermann Burmeister in 1861. Ichthyological Contributions of PecesCriollos 7: 1-15.
  3. ^ Mirande, J. M.; and S. Koerber (2015). Checklist of the freshwater fishes of Argentina (CLOFFAR). Ichthyological Contributions of PecesCriollos 36: 1-68.
  4. ^ a b c Ferraris (2007)
  5. ^ "Bahnunah" is a variant transliteration or lapsus