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Scientific NameLeiocassis micropogon  (Bleeker, 1852)
Common NameBumble Bee Catfish
Type LocalityTjirutjup R., Blitong, Indonesia.
Synonym(s)Bagrus micropogon
PronunciationLee eye oh KAH siss - mike row poe gone
EtymologyLeiocassis: 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 185mm or 7.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationThe 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.
SexingMales have an elongate genital papilla that is easily noticeable.
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DistributionKnown throughout Sundaic Southeast Asia.
Pacific, Greater Sunda Island Rivers (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH6.0 - 7.4
Temperature20.0-26.0°C or 68-78.8°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersStrong current/good oxygenation preferred.
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FeedingWill take most foods readily. although it shows a preference for live/frozen food.
FurnitureInhabits 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.
CompatibilitySuitable for a community tank. Conspecifics are territorial, so ensure that there are enough hiding places.
BreedingNot reported.
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ReferencesNatuurkd. Tijdschr. Neder. Indiëv. 3 - pp94
Registered Keepers(1) franksaquarium, (2) robertsindyrat (p: 2).

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Breeding ReportsNone.
Article - CotM 2014 March
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Last Update2014 Jun 09 19:45 (species record created: 2004 Oct 27 00:00)