Sciades sona (Hamilton, 1822)
Sona sea catfish
photo by Osmany, H.B.

 Family:  Ariidae (Sea catfishes), subfamily: Ariinae
 Max. size:  92 cm TL (male/unsexed); max. reported age: 6 years
 Environment:  demersal; depth range 50 - 60 m, amphidromous
 Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: ranges from Pakistan eastwards to Thailand and southwards to Indonesia and Polynesia. Known from the Mekong delta (Ref. 12693).
 Diagnosis:   
 Biology:  Inhabits coastal waters, as well as estuaries and tidal rivers. Feeds mainly on invertebrates and small fishes. The sharp dorsal and pectoral fin spines can inflict painful wounds. Sold mostly fresh and dried-salted in markets.
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  traumatogenic
 Country info:   
 

 Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 17.10.90
 Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 29.11.13
 Checked by: Luna, Susan M. - 18.08.94

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