Superclass           :Gnathostomata
Class                     :Actinopterygii
Division                :Teleostei
Subdivision          :Euteleostei
Superorder           :Ostariophysi
Order                     :Siluriformes
Family                   :Clariidae
Genus                    :Clarias Scopoli
Scientific name    :Clarias Batrachus (Linnaeus)
English name        :magur
Kannada name     :ane-meenu, murgodu
Distinguishing charecters    :D-70-76, P-I 8-11, V-1/5, A-45-58, C- 15-17.
Size attains    :450 mm.
Distribution    :Krishna, Cauvery, Godavary and West-flowing river drainages.

Description    :Body elongate. Head moderately depressed. Mouth terminal. Barbels four pairs: the maxillary pair extend considerably beyond base of pectoral fin while the nasal barbels extend to gill-openings. Dorsal fin inserted slightly anterior to tip of pectoral fins. Pectoral spine strong, finely serrated on both edges. Dingy green or brownish superiorly, becoming lighter beneath; the vertical fins usually with reddish margins.


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