Erethistes is a genus of South Asian river catfishes.

Erethistes Pusillus.JPG
Erethistes pusillus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Siluriformes
Family: Erethistidae
Genus: Erethistes
J. P. Müller & Troschel, 1849
Type species
Erethistes pusillus
Müller & Troschel, 1849
  • Laguvia
    Hora, 1921


There are currently two recognized species in this genus:[1]


This genus is distributed in the Ganges and Brahmaputra drainages in northern India and Nepal, and east and south to the Salween drainage on the border of Myanmar and Thailand.[2]


Erethistes species lack a thoracic adhesive apparatus, a smooth to granulate anterior margin on a strong dorsal fin spine, a papillate upper lip, and 8–12 anal fin rays. The pectoral fin spine is serrated anteriorly and posteriorly. The anterior margin of the pectoral fin spine either has serrations all pointing toward tip of spine; arranged in divergent pairs; or outwardly directed and not divergent. The head is large and broad with a conical snout. The body is robust rather than slender as in some other erethistid genera, and is moderately short and flattened. All barbels are annulated with black rings.[2]


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2011). Species of Erethistes in FishBase. December 2011 version.
  2. ^ a b Thomson, Alfred W.; Page, Lawrence M. (2006). "Genera of the Asian Catfish Families Sisoridae and Erethistidae (Teleostei: Siluriformes)" (PDF). Zootaxa. 1345: 1–96.