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Temporal range: Miocene–recent
Pseudobagrus chryseus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Siluriformes
Family: Bagridae
Genus: Pseudobagrus
Bleeker, 1858

Jordan & Fowler, 1903

Pseudobagrus aurantiacus (Temminck and Schlegel) by Kawahara Keiga, 1823 - 1829.

Pseudobagrus is a genus of bagrid catfishes that inhabit streams and rivers throughout East Asia.[2] About half of these species occur in China.[3]

The two Coreobagrus species, C. brevicorpus and C. ichikiwai, are both treated in some recent literature as valid in Pseudobagrus.[4] It has been noted that Pelteobagrus may not be monophyletic if species placed in Pseudobagrus and Coreobagrus were excluded.[4]

Pseudobagrus species are small- to mid-sized bagrid catfishes.[2] These fish all have an inferior mouth; narial openings widely separated; four pairs of barbels; top of head covered by skin in most species; two dorsal fin spines; pelvic fin small; and caudal fin emarginate, truncate or round.[3]

One fossil species, P. ikiensis Watanabe & Uyeno, is known from the Middle Miocene of Japan.[1]


There are currently 32 recognized species in this genus:[5]


  1. ^ a b Watanabe, K. and Uyeno, T.; Fossil bagrid catfishes from Japan and their zoogeography, with description of a new species, Pseudobagrus ikiensis: Ichthyological Research Volume 46, Number 4, 397-412
  2. ^ a b c Ng, Heok Hee; Freyhof, Jörg (March 2007). "Pseudobagrus nubilosus, a new species of catfish from central Vietnam (Teleostei: Bagridae), with notes on the validity of Pelteobagrus and Pseudobagrus". Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwaters. 18 (1): 9–16. 
  3. ^ a b c Li, Jie; Chen, Xianglin; Chan, Bosco P.L. (2005). "A new species of Pseudobagrus (Teleostei: Siluriformes: Bagridae) from southern China" (PDF). Zootaxa. 1067: 49–57. 
  4. ^ a b Ferraris, Carl J., Jr. (2007). "Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types" (PDF). Zootaxa. 1418: 1–628. 
  5. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2011). Species of Pseudobagrus in FishBase. December 2011 version.
  6. ^ Cheng, JL; Ishihara, H.; Zhang, E. (2008). "Pseudobagrus brachyrhabdion, a new catfish (Teleostei: Bagridae) from the middle Yangtze River drainage, South China". Ichthyological Research. 55 (2): 112–123. doi:10.1007/s10228-007-0020-3.