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Scientific Name Leiocassis micropogon  (Bleeker, 1852)
Common Name Bumble Bee Catfish
Type Locality Tjirutjup River, Bilitong, Indonesia.
Synonym(s) Bagrus micropogon
Pronunciation Lee eye oh KAH siss - mike row poe gone
Etymology Leiocassis: From the Greek leios (smooth) and cassis (helmet); in reference to the covering of skin and muscle on the head of the fish. The specific epithet comes from the Greek mikros, meaning small, and pogon, meaning beard. In reference to the short and very fine barbels of the fish.
Article - CotM 2014 March
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Size 185mm or 7.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification The bagrid catfish genus Leiocassis is diagnosed by an elongate narrow head, prominently protruding snout, origin of the adductor mandibulae extending onto the cranial roof, prominent anterior process of the hypurapophysis, hypertrophied posterior process of the cleithrum, third pharyngobranchial bearing flanges on posterior and medial surfaces, and the branch of the supraorbital canal leading to the infraorbitals exiting from the frontal (Mo, 1991). The genus is known only from Sundaic Southeast Asia.

Can be distinguished by its slender body and the occipital process not in contact with the nuchal plate.
Sexing Males have an elongate genital papilla that is easily noticeable.
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Distribution Known throughout Sundaic Southeast Asia.
Pacific, Greater Sunda Island Rivers (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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pH 6.0 - 7.4
Temperature 20.0-26.0°C or 68-78.8°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Strong current/good oxygenation preferred.
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Feeding Will take most foods readily. although it shows a preference for live/frozen food.
Furniture Inhabits clear, swiftly flowing forested streams with sandy or rocky bottoms; hides under submerged logs or rocks with some leaf litter in the swifter parts of the stream. Provide enough driftwood for cover.
Compatibility Suitable for a community tank. Conspecifics are territorial, so ensure that there are enough hiding places.
Breeding Not reported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Natuurkundig Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch Indië v. 3 (no. 1), pp 94.
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Last Update 2019 Oct 06 04:54 (species record created: 2004 Oct 27 00:00)