The stinging catfish is able to deliver a painful sting to humans. Poison from a gland on its pectoral fin spine has been known to be extremely painful. This fish is found mainly in ponds, ditches, swamps, and marshes, but sometimes occurs in muddy rivers

*Assamese Name: Xingi maas
*Binomial Name: Heteropneustes fossilis
*English Name: Stinging catfish
*Other Names: Singhi (Hindi, Bengali)

*Grows upto: 30cm
*Feeding: Omnivorous
*Distribution: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand and Laos


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