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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.
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Size 183mm or 7.2" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification The bagrid catfish genus Leiocassis is diagnosed by an elongate narrow head, prominently protruding snout, the origin of the adductor mandibulae extending onto the cranial roof, the 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 Asia: Malaysia and Indonesia.
Pacific, Greater Sunda Island Rivers (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2019.
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 2020 Sep 20 02:05 (species record created: 2004 Oct 27 00:00)