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Ompok argestes  Sudasinghe & Meegaskumbura, 2016

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes (Catfish) > Siluridae (Sheatfishes)
Etymology: Ompok: It is a bad reproduction of a Malayam fish name as limpok/ompok (Ref. 45335);  argestes: The specific name argestes is a Homeric (Greek) term which means southwest, a reference to the region of Sri Lanka in which the species occurs.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; demersal.   Tropical

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Asia: Sri Lanka.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 14.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 116164)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal soft rays (total): 4; Anal soft rays: 56 - 63; Vertebrae: 48 - 52. Ompok argestes differs from its Indian and Sri Lankan congeners by the combination of the following characters: body color pattern mottled; predorsal profile uniformly convex; maxillary barbels reach or extend slightly beyond the base of the dorsal fin; eye diameter 14.2-17.1% head length; body depth at anus 19.8-22.3% standard length (SL); head width 14.3-16.8% SL; caudal peduncle depth 5.6-6.5% SL; and vertebrae 48-52 (Ref. 116164).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found among submerged roots and marginal vegetation in slow-flowing, shaded regions of rivers and streams with a substratum of mud or leaf debris (Ref. 116164).

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Sudasinghe, H. and M. Meegaskumbura, 2016. Ompok argeste, a new species of silurid catfish endemic to Sri Lanka (Teleostei: Siluridae). Zootaxa 4158(2):261-271. (Ref. 116164)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.7   ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (27 of 100) .