Cat-eLog Right Arrow Amblycipitidae Right Arrow Liobagrus

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Scientific NameLiobagrus mediadiposalis  Mori, 1936
Common NamesSouth Torrent Catfish
Jagasari (Korean)
Type LocalityRakuto R. at Bun-kei, Chosen, Korea.
Pronunciationlie oh BAG russ
EtymologyFrom the Greek, leios, meaning smooth, and bagrus, a name usually used for catfishes; in reference to the smooth head. 
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Size 113mm or 4.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationEasily differentiated from the two other Korean Liobagrus species by having an upper jaw that is longer, thus slightly overhanging, the lower jaw. Both L. andersoni and L. obesus have jaws that are of equal length.
SexingMales have broader heads. Females noticeably plumper during the breeding season.
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DistributionAsia: South Korea.
Korea Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH6.5 - 7.5
Temperature17.0-25.0°C or 62.6-77°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersThese fish reside in the temperate zone and undergo a wide range of temperatures throughout the year. They may tolerate higher and lower temperatures for a short period of time. Torrent-like conditions are not necessary, though the water should have some flow. The filter outflow is generally adequate.
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FeedingFeeds on small invertebrates and fish in the wild. Adapts readily to prepared food.
FurnitureProvide plenty of large stones for hiding places and gravel. Make sure the stones are well set in the substrate as the fish will excavate caves beneath them. This fish has a preference for stones 30-40cm in diameter. Smaller stones will likely be ignored as will artificial caves. Plants are not necessary but floating plants are useful as they dim the lighting.
CompatibilityNon-aggressive, but it should not be trusted with small fish and its nocturnal feeding may unintentionally harass other bottom-dwelling species.
Suggested TankmatesIt may be kept in groups provided that there are enough suitable rocks for the fish. In nature, they live one per stone, but may cluster, unhapppily, together if there are not enough hiding spots in the aquarium. In nature they have been found sharing their home with Tachysurus fulvidraco outside of breeding time May be mixed successfully with many species of non-tropical fish and occurs naturally with many species of Bitterlings, Zacco platypus,and Phoxinus phoxinus
BreedingWhile Uchida reported in 1934 that the females guards the eggs, and much available literature still follows his assessment, recent researchers and aquarists suggest that it is the male who guards the eggs.
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ReferencesDobutsugaku Zasshi [Zool. Mag. Tokyo]v. 48 (nos. 8-10) - pp673 - Pl. 24 (fig. 3).
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Breeding ReportsNone.
Article - CotM 2013 September
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