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Scientific Name Batasio affinis  Blyth, 1860
Common Name
Type Locality Tenasserim, Myanmar.
Synonym(s) Batasio niger, Macrones affinis
Pronunciation bah tah see oh - ah fin iss
Etymology The genus name comes from the local (Bengali) name of the fish (batasio or batashi). 
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Size 67mm or 2.6" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification The bagrid genus Batasio Blyth comprises of small, laterally compressed catfishes distributed in South and Southeast Asia, diagnosed from its confamilials in having large sensory pores on the head, a narrow mental region, a pair of posteriorly-directed processes on the anterior part of vomer, a transversely-elongated bar-like entopterygoid, and the metapterygoid in close contact with the quadrate but free from the hyomandibular (Mo, 1991).

Dorsal spines (total): 1 - 1; Dorsal soft rays (total): 6 - 6; Anal spines: 4; Anal soft rays: 8. Greyish brown body with a dark brown pre-dorsal oblique bar and a dark brown spot on the side of the body below the adipose fin, dark brown band on distal half of dorsal fin.
Sexing Not known.
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Distribution Asia: Myanmar
Myanmar Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Data Deficient
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Feeding Is known to take processed food but prefers live food like blood worms, frozen brine shrimp etc. Needs sometime to gradually get weaned off live foods. Spot feeding will help in case tank mates are voracious feeders.
Compatibility A peaceful species suitable for a hillstream biotope.
Suggested Tankmates Peaceful Cyprinids like Puntius or Oreichthys and Balitorine loaches like Schistura or Nemacheilus species.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References J. Asiatic Soc. Bengal v. 29 (no. 2) - pp150
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Last Update 2008 Jan 19 05:10 (species record created: 2004 Nov 20 00:00)