|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Rita rita (Hamilton, 1822)|
|Common Name(s)||Bengal Catfish|
|Type Locality||Bengal estuaries.|
|Synonym(s)||Arius ritoides, Pimelodus rita, Rita ritoides|
|Pronunciation||REET ah - REE tah|
|Etymology||The name Rita is derived from the local name of the fish.|
|Size||1500mm (59.1") 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.
Distinguished by its small eyes, purplish gray color, top of head covered by thin skin, and vomerine teeth in two broad ovoid patches.
|Sexing||Males have an elongate genital papilla in front of the anal fin.|
|Distribution||Northern part of the Indian subcontinent, primarily in the Ganges and Indus River drainages.
Pakistan Waters, Indus (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, North Eastern India Waters, Padma, Ganges (click on these areas to find other species found there) (Click the map-icon to show/hide map of species distribution)
|pH||5.8 - 7.2|
|Temperature||18.0-26.0°C or 64.4-78.8°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. Extremely large cyprinids like Labeo spp. are ideal tankmates.|
|References||Fishes Ganges - pp165, 376 - Pl. 24 (fig. 53)|
|Registered Keepers||(1) brettwms75, who also notes: "I ordered a Whale Catfish hoping for a Cetopsis and got this instead. The Rita Species I am keeping is actually Rita sacerdotum or a Salween rita. Very hard to identify but the eyes give it away as a Rita species. Very cool I hope 2 get more!", (2) Shovelnose, who also notes: "Wild caught", (3) headbanger_jib.
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|Last Update||2006 Mar 24 00:00 (species record created: 2003 Jan 11 00:00)|
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