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]

Bagrus
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
Species

11, see text

Synonyms

Porcus Saint-Hilaire, 1809 (see text)

TaxonomyEdit

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]

SpeciesEdit

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]

ReferencesEdit

  • 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