Sisoroidea is a superfamily of catfishes (order Siluriformes). It contains the four families Amblycipitidae, Akysidae, Sisoridae, and Erethistidae; many sources also include Aspredinidae. With Aspredinidae, this superfamily includes about 42 genera and 230 species.[1]

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Bagarius yarrelli
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Siluriformes
Superfamily: Sisoroidea



Sisoroidea is sister to the Loricarioidea.[1] The monophyly of this superfamily is supported by a number of morphological characters.[2] Amblycipitidae is the most basal family and is sister to the remaining families.[1] Based on morphological data, Erethistidae is the sister group to Aspredinidae, with Sisoridae being the sister group of the clade formed by these two families.[3] However, it has been proposed to move the erethistid genera back into Sisoridae.[4] Also, some authors have removed Aspredinidae from Sisoroidea, having found it to be more closely related to Doradoidea (Doradidae, Auchenipteridae, and possibly Mochokidae) with morphological and molecular evidence.[5][6]


Sisoroidea includes almost exclusively Asiatic catfish families with the exception of Aspredinidae, which is native to South America.[2]


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  2. ^ a b de Pinna, Mário C. C.; Ng, Heok Hee (May 14, 2004). "The Second Ural Centrum in Siluriformes and Its Implication for the Monophyly of Superfamily Sisoroidea (Teleostei, Ostariophysi)" (PDF). American Museum Novitates (3437): 1–24.
  3. ^ Diogo, R.; Chardon, M.; Vandewalle, P. (2003). "Osteology and myology of the cephalic region and pectoral girdle of Erethistes pusillus, comparison with other erethistids, and comments on the synapomorphies and phylogenetic relationships of the Erethistidae (Teleostei: Siluriformes)". Journal of Fish Biology. 63 (5): 1160–1175. doi:10.1046/j.1095-8649.2003.00235.x.
  4. ^ Ferraris, Carl J., Jr. (2007). "Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types" (PDF). Zootaxa. 1418: 1–628.
  5. ^ Friel, John Patrick (1994-12-13). "A Phylogenetic Study of the Neotropical Banjo Catfishes (Teleostei: Siluriformes: Aspredinidae)" (PDF). Duke University, Durham, NC. Retrieved 2007-08-07. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ Sullivan, JP; Lundberg JG; Hardman M (2006). "A phylogenetic analysis of the major groups of catfishes (Teleostei: Siluriformes) using rag1 and rag2 nuclear gene sequences". Mol Phylogenet Evol. 41 (3): 636–62. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2006.05.044. PMID 16876440.