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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Superclassis/Classis: Actinopterygii
Classis/Subclassis: Actinopteri
Subclassis/Infraclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Megacohors: Osteoglossocephalai
Supercohors: Clupeocephala
Cohors: Otomorpha
Subcohors: Ostariophysi
Sectio: Otophysa
Ordo: Siluriformes
Subordo: Sisoroidei
Familia: Ailiidae
Genus: Ailia
Species: A. coila – A. punctata

Ailia Gray, 1830

Type species: Malapterus (Ailia) bengalensis Gray, 1830


Malapterus Gray, 1830
Acanthonotus Gray, 1830

Primary references

Gray, J.E. 1830–35. Illustrations of Indian zoology; chiefly selected from the collection of Major-General Hardwicke, F.R.S. Pls. 1–202. Vol. I. Vol. II. (Date of Parts) Reference page.

Additional references

Ferraris, C.J., jr. 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418: 1–628. Abstract & excerpt PDF (part 1) PDF (part 2) Reference page.

Ailia is a genus of catfish in the family Ailiidae native to Asia.[1] It is know to be called "Kajoli" or "Bahpati" in the Assamese and contributes to a major catch in Brahmaputra river.[2] It is a surface to mid water fish that is found commonly near the shoals.[2]

There are currently 2 recognized species in this genus:

Ailia coila (F. Hamilton, 1822) (Gangetic ailia) [1]
Ailia punctata (F. Day, 1872) (Jamuna ailia) [1]


Wang, J., Lu, B., Zan, R., Chai, J., Ma, W., Jin, W., Duan, R., Luo, J., Murphy, R.W., Xiao, H. & Chen, Z. (2016): Phylogenetic Relationships of Five Asian Schilbid Genera Including Clupisoma (Siluriformes: Schilbeidae). PLoS ONE, 11 (1): e0145675.
Gogoi, Pranab; Chakaraborty, S. K.; Bhattacharjya, B. K.; Sharma, S. K.; Ramteke, M. (2019). "Biometric studies of Ailia coila (Hamilton, 1822) from river Brahmaputra, Assam, India". Indian Journal of Fisheries. 66: 131–137.

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