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Scientific Name Hyalobagrus ornatus  (Duncker, 1904)
Common Name Ornate Shadow Catfish
Type Locality Muar River at Tubing Tinggi, Malaysia.
Synonym(s) Pelteobagrus ornatus, Pseudobagrus ornatus
Pronunciation HI ya low BAG russ - or NAT uss
Etymology From the greek hyalos, meaning transparent, and bagrus, the name of a catfish genus frequently used to form generic names. The specific epithet comes from the Latin ornatus, meaning decorated, in reference to the color pattern.
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Size 30mm or 1.2" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Presence of serrae on distal three quarters of anterior edge of pectoral spine; body depth at anus 19.2-19.4% SL; black margin of dorsal fin present; eye diameter 19.7-22.7% HL; and length of adipose-fin base 15.6-15.7% SL.
Sexing Males have an elongate genital papilla.
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Distribution Asia: Muar drainage in southern Malay Peninsula, Malaysia and Kapuas basin in western Borneo, Indonesia.
Pacific, Malaysia Waters, Peninsular Malaysia Waters, Muar (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Critically Endangered, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2018.
pH 5.0 - 6.2
Temperature 22.0-27.0°C or 71.6-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Little or no current preferred.
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Feeding Readily feeds on live/frozen foods and smaller-sized prepared foods such as micropellets, but shows a preference for the former.
Furniture They do best with plenty of shade (in the form of vegetation), so a heavily planted tank is the ideal setup for these fish.
Compatibility : A peaceful, diurnal shoaling species that should be kept in groups of four or more individuals.
Breeding Not reported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Mitteilungen aus dem Naturhistorischen (Zoologischen) Museum in Hamburg v. 21, pp 173, Pl. 2 (figs. 13, 13a-c).
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Last Update 2020 Oct 23 04:09 (species record created: 2004 Oct 31 00:00)