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Macrognathus pancalus  Hamilton, 1822

Barred spiny eel
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Synbranchiformes (Spiny eels) > Mastacembelidae (Spiny eels)
Etymology: Macrognathus: Greek, makros = great + Greek, gnathos = jaw (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Hamilton.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; brackish; benthopelagic.   Tropical, preferred ?; 38°N - 8°N

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Asia: Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh. Reported from Nepal (Ref. 9496).

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?, range 11 - 12 cm
Max length : 18.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 41236)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 24 - 26; Dorsal soft rays (total): 30-42; Anal soft rays: 31 - 46

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits slow and shallow waters of rivers of plains and estuaries; never available above an altitude of 366 m. Also found in canals, streams, beels, ponds and inundated fields (Ref. 1479). Has been placed into aquaria and kept by hobbyists; it stays on the bottom and spawns in the upper water-level. The more slender and generally smaller males pursue the female in courtship; several males may join in.

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Talwar, P.K. and A.G. Jhingran, 1991. Inland fishes of India and adjacent countries. Volume 2. A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam. (Ref. 4833)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: minor commercial
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