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Down arrow Summary of Rita
Pronounced REET ah
Etymology The name Rita is derived from the local name of the fish.
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.
Breeding Not reported in the aquarium.
Size Smallest 195mm, largest 2000mm, average 753mm, most commonly 195mm. All SL.
Species There are 7 "species" in the database
Keepers 3 species (42%) are being kept by registered keepers
New spp. / time
1750 1770 1790 1810 1830 1850 1870 1890 1910 1930 1950 1970 1990 2010 

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Down arrow Most Kept Species
1. Rita rita (50%)
2. Rita gogra (25%)
3. Rita chrysea (25%)
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