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Down Summary of Batasio
Pronounced bah tah see oh
Etymology The genus name comes from the local (Bengali) name of the fish (batasio or batashi).
Identification The bagrid genus Batasio Blyth comprises of small, laterally compressed catfishes distributed in South and Southeast Asia, diagnosed from its confamilials in having large sensory pores on the head, a narrow mental region, a pair of posteriorly-directed processes on the anterior part of vomer, a transversely-elongated bar-like entopterygoid, and the metapterygoid in close contact with the quadrate but free from the hyomandibular (Mo, 1991).
Feeding Is known to take processed food but prefers live food like blood worms, frozen brine shrimp etc. Needs sometime to gradually get weaned off live foods. Spot feeding will help in case tank mates are voracious feeders.
Compatibility A peaceful species suitable for a hillstream biotope.
Tankmates Peaceful Cyprinids like Puntius or Oreichthys and Balitorine loaches like Schistura or Nemacheilus species.
Sexing Not known.
Breeding Unreported in the aquarium.
Size Smallest 55mm, largest 114mm, average 81mm, most commonly 100mm. All SL.
Species There are 18 "species" in the database
Keepers 5 species (27%) are being kept by registered keepers
New spp. / time
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Down Most Kept Species
1. Batasio fluviatilis (45.45%)
2. Batasio merianiensis (18.18%)
3. Batasio affinis (18.18%)
4. Batasio tigrinus (9.09%)
5. Batasio travancoria (9.09%)
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