Hemibagrus punctatus (Jerdon, 1849)

Nilgiri mystus



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Bagrus punctatus Jerdon, 1849; Mystus punctatus (Jerdon, 1849)


Conservation Status

Last record: 1998

Rediscovered in ?

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct)



Western Ghats, India


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Jerdon, T. C. (1849). On the fresh-water fishes of southern India. Madras Journal of Literature and Science 15(2): 302-346.


Other references:

Ali, Anvar et al. (2013). Records of the endemic and threatened catfish, Hemibagrus punctatus from the southern Western Ghats with notes on its distribution, ecology and conservation status. Journal of Threatened Taxa 5(11): 4569-4578.

Biju, C. R. (2005). Habitat and Distribution of Hillstream Fishes of Northern Kerala (north of Palghat Gap). Zoology, Mahatma Gandhi University.

Dahanukar, N., Raut, R. and Bhat, A. (2004). Distribution, endemism and threat status of freshwater fishes in the Western Ghats of India. Journal of Biogeography 31: 123-136.

Day, F. (1877). The fishes of India; being a natural history of the fishes known to inhabit the seas and fresh waters of India, Burma, and Ceylon. Part 3.: 369-552.

Jayaram, K. C. (1977). Aid to the identification of siluroid fishes of India,Burma, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh. I.Bagridae. Records of the Zoological Survey of India - Occasionnal paper 8: 41.

Manimekalan, A. (1998). The fishes of Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu, South India. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 95(3): 431-443.

Menon, A.G.K. (1999). Check list - fresh water fishes of India.

Ponniah, A.G. and Gopalakrishnan, A. (eds). (2000). Endemic Fish Diversity of Western Ghats. pp. 347. NBFGR, Lucknow.

Raghavan, R. and Ali, A. (2013). Hemibagrus punctatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. ( Downloaded on 21 January 2015.

Rajan, S. (1955). Notes on a collection of fish from the headwaters of the Bhavani River, South India. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 53: 44-48.

Rajan, S. (1963). Ecology of the fishes of river Pykara and Moyar (Nilgiris), Tamil Nadu. Proceedings of the Indian Academy of Sciences 58(5): 291-323.

Ramanathan, N., Natarajan, P. and Sukumaran, N. (1985). Studies on the induced spawning and larval rearing of a freshwater catfish, Mystus punctatus (Jerdon). Proceedings of the Indian Academy of Sciences (Animal Science) 94(4): 389-398.

Singit, G.S., Reddy, P.R. and Krishnamaraju, H.V. (1987). Post impoundment changes and effects of conflicting uses on fisheries of Tungabhadra reservoir India. In: De Silva, S.S. (ed.), Reservoir fishery management and development in Asia, pp. 144.

Thomas, R. K. (2004). Habitat and Distribution of Hill Stream Fishes of Southern Kerala (south of Palghat Gap). Zoology, Mahatma Gandhi University.


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