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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Siluriformes
Family: Ariidae
Subfamily: Ariinae
Genus: Cryptarius
Kailola, 2004
Type species
Arius truncatus

Cryptarius is a genus of catfishes (order Siluriformes) of the family Ariidae. It includes two species, C. daugeti and C. truncatus.[1] Cryptarius species originate from brackish waters of south and southeast Asia.[1]

C. daugeti originates from the Mekong River basin and inhabits large rivers.[2] It is found in brackish and fresh waters of Cambodia and Vietnam.[1] This species has a maximum length of 26 centimetres (10 in) TL.[1][2]

C. truncatus originates from estuaries and lower courses of rivers from the Chao Phraya to Sumatra and Java, including the lower Mekong.[3] It inhabits brackish waters of Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Malaysia.[1] This species has a maximum length of 42 cm (17 in) in length.[1][3] This fish species feeds on fishes and crustaceans.[3] C. truncatus is marketed fresh.[3]



  1. ^ a b c d e f Marceniuk, Alexandre P.; Menezes, Naércio A. (2007). "Systematics of the family Ariidae (Ostariophysi, Siluriformes), with a redefinition of the genera" (PDF). Zootaxa. 1416: 1–126.
  2. ^ a b Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2008). "Cryptarius daugeti" in FishBase. Jan 2008 version.
  3. ^ a b c d Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2008). "Cryptarius truncatus" in FishBase. Jan 2008 version.