Silonia childreni is a species of schilbid catfish endemic to India where it occurs in the Krishna, Godavari and Cauvery River systems of the Western Ghats. This species grows to a length of 48 centimetres (19 in) TL. These fish occur in large rivers and reservoirs. A gregarious fish and move in shoals during monsoon. They feed on fish. S. childreni is a dominant species in the catches from deep waters, especially during the monsoon months between April and July.