|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Rita chrysea Day, 1877|
|Common Name(s)||Mahanadi Rita|
|Type Locality||Orissa, India.|
|Etymology||The name Rita is derived from the local name of the fish. The specific epithet comes from the Greek chrysos, meaning gold, in reference to the color.|
|Size||200mm (7.9") SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Bagrid catfishes of the genus Rita Bleeker, 1854 are found in large rivers throughout the
Indian subcontinent and Myanmar, and are capable of reaching sizes to 1500 mm TL (Talwar
and Jhingran, 1991), although mature specimens of ca. 200-300 mm SL are more
commonly encountered. The genus is diagnosed by the following synapomorphies (Mo,
1991): single pair of mandibular barbels, elongated Weberian apparatus firmly sutured to
the basioccipital, and the sensory canal on the posttemporal enclosed within the bone.
Eye large (30-40% HL), palatal teeth in large quadrangular patch covering most of palate, dorsal spine serrated.
|Sexing||Males have an elongate genital papilla in front of the anal fin.|
|Distribution||Mahanadi river system in Orissa and Madhya Pradesh, India
Indian waters, Mahanadi (click on these areas to find other species found there) (Click the map-icon to show/hide map of species distribution)
|pH||6.0 - 7.0|
|Temperature||22.0-27.0°C or 71.6-80.6°F (Show others within this range)|
|Feeding||Readily eats all manner of live and prepared foods. Will eat smaller fishes.|
|Furniture||Provide plenty of driftwood as hiding places.|
|Compatibility||Although a fairly peaceful fish, it will eat smaller tankmates and is therefore best kept only with large, robust fishes. Larger cyprinids (e.g. Osteochilus) and larger spiny eels (Mastacembelus) are ideal tankmates.|
|References||Fishes IndiaPart 3 - pp455 - Pl. 104 (fig. 1)|
|Registered Keepers||(1) Shovelnose, who also notes: "Wild Caught", (2) Stackdeck.
Click on a username above to see all that persons registered catfish species. You can also view all "my cats" data for this species.
- CotM 2011 October
|Search Planet Catfish for more on Rita chrysea|
|Look up Rita chrysea on AquaticRepublic.com|
|BBCode||(for use in linking to this page from forum posts)|
|(for use in linking to the species from anywhere on the web)|
|Look up Rita chrysea on Fishbase|
|Get or print a QR code for this species profile, or try our BETA label creator.|
|Last Update||2006 Mar 30 00:00 (species record created: 2003 Sep 01 00:00)|