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Scientific NameRita chrysea  Day, 1877
Common NameMahanadi Rita
Type LocalityOrissa, India.
PronunciationREET ah
EtymologyThe name Rita is derived from the local name of the fish. The specific epithet comes from the Greek chrysos, meaning gold, in reference to the color.
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Size 200mm or 7.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationBagrid 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.

Eye large (30-40% HL), palatal teeth in large quadrangular patch covering most of palate, dorsal spine serrated.
SexingMales have an elongate genital papilla in front of the anal fin.
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DistributionMahanadi river system in Orissa and Madhya Pradesh, India
Indian waters, Mahanadi (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List StatusLeast Concern
pH6.0 - 7.0
Temperature22.0-27.0°C or 71.6-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
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FeedingReadily eats all manner of live and prepared foods. Will eat smaller fishes.
FurnitureProvide plenty of driftwood as hiding places.
CompatibilityAlthough a fairly peaceful fish, it will eat smaller tankmates and is therefore best kept only with large, robust fishes. Larger cyprinids (e.g. Osteochilus) and larger spiny eels (Mastacembelus) are ideal tankmates.
BreedingNot reported.
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ReferencesFishes IndiaPart 3 - pp455 - Pl. 104 (fig. 1)
Registered Keepers(1) Shovelnose, who also notes: "Wild Caught", (2) Stackdeck.

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Breeding ReportsNone.
Article - CotM 2011 October
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Last Update2006 Mar 30 00:00 (species record created: 2003 Sep 01 00:00)