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(superorder Ostariophysi, order Siluriformes)

A family of freshwater catfish that have a scaleless, elongate body, strongly tapering towards the tail, a short dorsal fin, a long-based anal fin, and four pairs of barbels around the mouth. There are about 40 species, in African and Indian waters. See also Pangasiidae.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.

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