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The bayad بياض, Bagrus bajad, is a species of catfish (order Siluriformes) in the family Bagridae.

Distribution

The natural habitat of the bayad are lakes and rivers in Africa. These lakes include Lake Chad, Lake Mobutu, and Lake Turkana. Rivers include the Nile, the Niger, and the Senegal.

Description

The bayad is more or less elongated. The dorsal fin has a smooth spine, and the pectoral fins have spines with serrations on the inside. There are four pairs of barbel anatomy barbels. The maxillary barbels may reach to the ventral fin or pelvic fins. This fish is yellow-greenish or blackish with a white belly. The fins are darker, sometimes reddish purple. Juveniles have little black spots on the sides.

The bayad has a maximum size of about 112 centimetres (44.1 in) FL. It has a maximum published weight of 12.5 kilograms (27.5 lb), but is reputed to reach 100 kg (220 lb). Mean sizes and weight of males are less than those of females from the same age. Males grow up to 7 years old, females 8 years (Ref. 51644).

Ecology

The bayad is found in lakes, swamps and rivers. It avoids salt water. This species spends nearly the whole of the daylight hours in crevices of rocks and is therefore seldom seen. It lives and feeds on or near the bottom. Adults are exclusively piscivorous; it...
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