|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Mystus atrifasciatus Fowler, 1937|
|Type Locality||Pitsanulok, Thailand.|
|Etymology||The generic name is probably derived from the Latin mystax, meaning moustache, in reference to the long barbels. It was first used by Scopoli in 1777 making it a very old genus that has included many catfishes from throughout the world at one time or another.|
|Size||150mm (5.9") SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Fishes of the genus Mystus Scopoli are small to medium-sized bagrid catfishes occurring in South Asia. Roberts (1994) recognized Mystus to have an elongate cranial fontanel reaching up to the base of the occipital process, long maxillary barbel, very long adipose fin, 11–30 gill rakers on the first gill arch and 37–46 total vertebrae, about equally divided between abdominal and caudal regions. He included only eight species under the genus. Mo (1991) characterized the genus to have a thin needle-like first infraorbital, twisted and thickened metapterygoid loosely attached to the quadrate by means of ligament or a small extent of cartilage. Jayaram & Sanyal (2003) and Ferraris (2007) respectively listed 44 and 33 species of Mystus as valid.
Has three faint dark and two whitish stripes on the sides; adipose fin longer than anal fin and almost contiguous with the dorsal fin; eyes not visible when head is viewed from below.
|Sexing||Males have an elongate genital papilla in front of the anal fin.|
|Distribution||Asia: Mekong, Chao Phraya and Meklong basins.
Thailand Waters, Chao Praya (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Mekong (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Thailand Waters, Meklong (click on these areas to find other species found there) (Click the map-icon to show/hide map of species distribution)
|IUCN Red List Status||Least Concern|
|Other Parameters||Inhabits rivers, streams and reservoirs.|
|Feeding||Feeds mainly on crustaceans and zooplankton along with small bits of algae and fish scales. May forage in schools like the other small striped species of Mystus. Moves into floodplains during periods of high water and is often found in places with submerged woody vegetation.|
|References||Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Phila. v. 89 146 Figs. 35-37|
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|Last Update||2013 Jan 04 12:59 (species record created: 2005 Aug 17 00:00)|