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Mystus nigriceps
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Mystus seengtee
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Siluriformes
Family: Bagridae
Genus: Mystus
Scopoli, 1777
Type species
Bagrus halepensis
Valenciennes, 1840

Aspidobagrus Bleeker, 1862
Heterobagrus Bleeker, 1864
Hypselobagrus Bleeker, 1862
Prajadhipokia Fowler, 1934

Mystus is a genus of fish in the family Bagridae that occur in South and Southeast Asia.[1] This genus is poorly diagnosed. Phylogenetic relationships within this genus are poorly understood, though it has been suggested that there are two major lineages.[2] It was confirmed in 2005 that this genus is paraphyletic.[2]


There are currently 46 recognized species in this genus:


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2016). Species of Mystus in FishBase. January 2016 version.
  2. ^ a b Chakrabarty, P. & Ng, H.H. (2005). "The identity of catfishes identified as Mystus cavasius (Hamilton, 1822) (Teleostei: Bagridae), with a description of a new species from Myanmar" (PDF). Zootaxa,. 1093: 1–24. 
  3. ^ Plamoottil, M. & Abraham, N.P. (2014): Rediscovery and redescription of Mystus armatus Day. International Journal of Research in Fisheries and Aquaculture, 4 (1): 18-23.
  4. ^ Plamoottil, M. (2016): Mystus catapogon, a new catfish (Siluriformes: Bagridae) species from Kerala, India. Journal of Research in Biology, 6 (2): 1967-1976.
  5. ^ a b Plamoottil, M. & Abraham, N.P. (2013): Mystus indicus and M. heoki, two new catfishes from Kerala, India. Biosystematica, 7 (1): 43-58.
  6. ^ Plamoottil, M. & Abraham, N.P. (2014): Mystus keralai (Siluriformes: Bagridae), a new fish species from Kerala, India. International Journal of Pure and Applied Zoology, 2 (3): 231-240.
  7. ^ Plamoottil, M. & Abraham, N.P. (2013): Mystus menoni, a new fish species from Kerala, India. International Journal of Pure and Applied Zoology, 1 (4): 315-325.
  8. ^ Darshan, A., Vishwanath, W., Mahanta, P.C. & Barat, A. (2011): Mystus ngasep, a new catfish species (Teleostei: Bagridae) from the headwaters of Chindwin drainage in Manipur, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 3 (11): 2177–2183.
  9. ^ Ng, H.H. (2012): Mystus velifer, a new species of catfish from Indochina (Teleostei: Bagridae). Zootaxa, 3398: 58–68.
  10. ^ Ng, H.H. & Pethiyagoda, R. (2013): Mystus zeylanicus, a new species of bagrid catfish from Sri Lanka (Teleostei: Bagridae). Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters, 24 (2): 161-170.