|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Hara jerdoni Day, 1870|
|Common Name(s)||Anchor Catfish, Asian Stone Cat, Dwarf Moth Catfish|
|Type Locality||Sylhet dist., Bangladesh.|
|Pronunciation||ha rah - jerr don eye|
|Etymology||The generic name comes from the local name for the fish. The species is named after TC Jerdon.|
|Size||30mm (1.2") SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||The erethistid catfish genus Hara consists of small to medium sized catfishes with a brown cryptic coloration and heavily tuberculate skin.Species of Hara are diagnosed from other members of the family in having an anteroventral flange on the ventral surface of the complex centrum and the parapophysis of the fifth vertebra with a vertical lamina (de Pinna, 1996). The genus has been recorded from the Ganges-Brahmaputra river drainages eastwards to the Salween River drainage in western Thailand (Hora, 1950; Kottelat, 1989; Ukkatawewat & Vidthayanon, 1998).
Easily distinguished by its small size and extremely long pectoral spines (which reach beyond the pelvic fin bases).
|General Remarks||An extremely shy fish, not often seen. Its eyes can turn from a dark brown to a beige colour, the entire fish can turn shades of brown and tan to blend in with surroundings.|
|Distribution||Known from the Ganges and Brahmaputra River drainages in the northern part of the Indian subcontinent.
Indian waters, North Eastern India Waters, Padma, Ganges (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, North Eastern India Waters, Padma, Jamuna, Brahmaputra (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, Assam State Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, Bengal Waters, West Bengal Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, Arunachal Pradesh State Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Bangladesh Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there) (Click the map-icon to show/hide map of species distribution)
|pH||5.6 - 7.6|
|Temperature||20.0-25.0°C or 68-77°F (Show others within this range)|
|Other Parameters||Make sure water is amply oxygenated, as it does not tolerate a drop in dissolved oxygen well.|
|Feeding||Will eat a variety of live and prepared foods, with the former being preferred.|
|Furniture||Provide ample vegetation (rather than driftwood or logs) for the fish to hide amongst. A sandy substrate is also preferable.|
|Compatibility||An ideal community fish due to its small size and peaceful nature.|
|Suggested Tankmates||Goes well with most community fish. Ideal tankmates for a biotope setup would be small Indian fishes such as Dario dario, Puntius gelius and Schistura corica.|
|Breeding||This species has been bred in the aquarium.|
|References||J. Asiatic Soc. Bengalv. 39 (pt 2, no. 1) - pp39 - Pl. 4 (figs. 2a-c)|
|Registered Keepers||(1) xingumike, (2) DutchFry (k: 7), who also notes: "really small and secretive fish, rests in plants near the surface at day time. hold in group to see more of them, they become less secretive.", (3) worton[pl] (k: 8), (4) irshprncsk, (5) uknowho, (6) glenny, (7) firlefanz, (8) vriesea (k: 2), who also notes: "Bought 2 at SVAS for $15/pair. Very small about 1" length", (9) Shovelnose (k: 14), who also notes: "Wild Caught", (10) HX67 (k: 4), (11) myfish (k: 3), (12) fischkringli, (13) ahodge84 (k: 3), (14) earth intruder (k: 7), (15) The.Dark.One, (16) Devin (k: 2), (17) Francois (p: 2), (18) ayrtoninst (k: 4), (19) Humunuku, (20) beta, (21) Zzyzx85, (22) oanes (k: 8), (23) nature_lover (k: 12), (24) mummymonkey (k: 7), (25) NC24 (p: 2), (26) Ursus sapien (p: 2, k: 5), (27) arapaimag (k: 3), (28) Deb (k: 9), who also notes: "Indian almond leaf tank with Danio margaritatus.", (29) PlecoCrazy (k: 6), (30) Crazysosa, who also notes: "Stationary With Relocation Every 20 Mins Or So", (31) araceae (k: 4), (32) racoll (k: 5), (33) nowayhere, (34) Martin S (k: 4), who also notes: "Now owned by MatsP", (35) Lilredbeaver, (36) MatsP (k: 4), (37) Mike_Noren (k: 2), (38) eric2122, (39) charly1958, (40) Apostolis, (41) tamara, (42) rabbi, (43) linuxrulesusa (k: 2), (44) Catfishfingers, (45) Shazray.
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- CotM 2007 December
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|Last Update||2005 Dec 11 00:00 (species record created: 2001 Apr 25 00:00)|