Japanese Journal of Ichthyology

, Volume 36, Issue 2, pp 155–186 | Cite as

Systematic revision of the catfish genusSilurus, with description of a new species from Thailand and Burma

  • Midori Kobayakawa


On the basis of external morphology and anatomy, 17 scpeies of the genusSilurus Linnaeus including a new species,S. torrentis from Thailand and Burma, are recognized as valid.S. bedfordi Regan is synonymized withS. asotus, andS. goae Haig is transferred to the genusOmpok. From an anatomical study of 12 species, the diagnostic feature of the genusParasilurus Bleeker is revealed to be invalid, and the genus is synonymized withSilurus. From the phylogenetic analysis, the genusSilurus is divided into two major species groups, thecochinchinensis group which is disributed mainly in Southeast Asia, and theglanis group which is further separated into three subgroups occurring separately in East Asia and Europe. The pattern of distribution and relationships between ontogeny and phytogeny in the genusSilurus are briefly discussed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Midori Kobayakawa
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Fisheries, Faculty of AgricultureKyushu UniversityFukuokaJapan

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