Gagata cenia (Hamilton – Buchanan, 1822)


Subfamily: Sisorinae

Genus: Gagata Bleeker

Body compressed, head short, mouth narrow and ventral. Lips thick and fimbriated. Barbels four pairs, mandibular barbels 2, nasal barbels with broad flaps. Gill membrane free but united at isthmus. Dorsal fin with smooth spine, serrated above midpoint of pectoral fin.

Synonyms: Pimelodus cenia Haimton – Buchanan, 1822; Gagata cenia Day (partim), 1877; G. youssoufi Raman, 1976.

Diagnosis: Dorsal fin rays 1/16, anal 2-3/10-14, pectoral 1/7-9. Head compressed, dorsal fin short and strong, finely serrated along anterior edge.

Common names: Indian gagata, clown fish


Punatsangchhu: Labrang (Dagana)

Altitude: 140 MASL (Single locality)

Conservation status: Least concern (IUCN)