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Scientific Name Erethistes pusillus  Müller & Troschel, 1849
Common Name Giant Moth Catfish
Type Locality Assam, India.
Synonym(s) Hara pusillus
Pronunciation puss ill uss
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Size 85mm or 3.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Telling this fish apart from similar Hara spp. is very hard. Divergent as opposed to convergent serrations on the pectoral spines are the hard and fast characteristic to use but these are nearly impossible to see with the naked eye. Experienced observers maintain it is possible to see differences in snout shape between the two (Erethistes usually has a more steeply sloping snout), and Erethistes usually has a darker base coloration than Hara (dark brown vs, more of a chestnut brown); overall it's usually quite difficult (thus unreliable) without recourse to the serrations.
Sexing Unknown
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Distribution India and Burma.
Myanmar Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, Bengal Waters, West Bengal Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Least Concern
pH 6.2 - 6.8
Temperature 20.0-23.0°C or 68-73.4°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Increase the oxygen levels with a powerhead or a couple of airstones. Keep the water very clean. If top water quality is not maintained the fish will constantly shed their skin.
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Feeding Feed live and frozen foods. Some individuals will eventually take dry foods but not all will.
Furniture Provide a substrate of fine sand (many will burrow). A few caves made of stone will complete the set up.
Compatibility They are very peaceful, but can be out competed by fast moving barbs, cichlids, tetras, or even other catfishes.
Breeding Unknown
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Horae Ichthyologicae No. 3, pp 12, Pl. 1 (fig. 2).
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Last Update 2019 Sep 14 06:04 (species record created: 2005 Apr 24 00:00)