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Scientific NamePseudolaguvia shawi  (Hora, 1921)
Common NameShaw's Bee Catfish
Type LocalityMahanadi R. below Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.
Synonym(s)Glyptothorax shawi, Laguvia shawi
Pronunciationsue doh lah GOO vee ah - shaw eye
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Size 45mm or 1.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationMembers of the genus Pseudolaguvia are small erethistid catfishes inhabiting hill streams and large rivers in the area bordered by the Ganges River drainage (northern India) to the west and the Sittang River drainage (east-central Myanmar) to the east. They can be distinguished from other sisorids by their small size,a combination of a thoracic adhesive apparatus with a median depression and prominent postcoracoid processes.

Pseudolaguvia shawi has two broad vertical bands on its body. P.shawi differs from P.riberoi in having smooth dorsal and pectoral fins with weak to no serrations.P.shawi differs from P.kapuri in having a shorter adipose fin base and from P.tuberculata in having the adipose fin not reaching (vs. reaching) the base of the dorsal fin ray.
SexingNot known.
General RemarksThe original description has a spelling mistake of the type river. The correct name for the river is Mahananda. Mahanadi is a different Indian river. There are 2 colour forms of Pseudolaguvia shawi available in the trade. One with a green base colour (the first picture in this data sheet) and another with a reddish/orange base colour.
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DistributionAsia: Darjeeling, Siliguri Terai, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh in India. Reported from Bangladesh.
Indian waters, Sikkim State Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, Bengal Waters, West Bengal Waters, Darjeeling District 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)
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IUCN Red List StatusLeast Concern
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FeedingKnown to take only live food like blood worms, frozen brine shrimp etc. Spot feeding will help in case tank mates are voracious feeders.
FurniturePseudolaguvia shawi has been collected in streams in Arunachal Pradesh at an altitude of 600m. The stream was found to consist of boulders with a sandy / pebbly bottom.
CompatibilityA peaceful species suitable for a hillstream biotope. Extreme care should be taken while choosing their tankmates as these fish are extremely poor at competing for food.
Suggested Tankmates
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ReferencesOn A New Record Of The Freshwater Fish, Pseudolaguvia shawi (Hora) From Arunachal Pradesh,India (Teleostomi : Erethistidae), Lakpa Tamang,Shivaji Chaudhry & Dhrupad Choudhury.
Registered Keepers(1) Shovelnose (k: 7), who also notes: "Wild Caught", (2) The.Dark.One, (3) beta, (4) eric2122.

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Breeding ReportsNone.
Article - CotM 2014 July
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Last Update2014 Jul 05 08:38 (species record created: 2004 Jul 11 00:00)