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Scientific Name Rama rama  (Hamilton, 1822)
Common Names Gold Shadow Catfish
Hovering Catfish, Hummingbird Catfish
Type Locality Brahmaputra River, India.
Synonym(s) Chandramara chandramara, Leiocassis rama, Pimelodus chandramara, Pimelodus rama, Rama chandramara
Pronunciation RAM ah - chan drah mah rah
Etymology The generic name probably comes from the local name of the fish. The specific name probably also comes from the local name of the fish.
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Size 50mm or 2" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Easily distinguished by its large head, short barbels, and translucent yellowish body.
Sexing Males are more slender and have an elongate genital papilla in front of the anus.
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Distribution Asia: Brahmaputra River basin in India.
Indian waters, North Eastern India Waters, Padma, Ganges (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
pH 6.0 - 7.0
Temperature 20.0-25.0°C or 68-77°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Current, if provided, should not be too strong.
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Feeding Shows a marked preference for live or frozen food.
Furniture Provide ample driftwood and vegetation, as this species likes to hide in the shade.
Compatibility Peaceful, somewhat delicate fish that should be kept in small groups of 3-4 individuals. Tankmates should not be too boisterous, and may include Colisa and smaller Rasbora species.
Breeding Not reported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference An account of the fishes found in the river Ganges, pp 176, 377, Pl. 3 (fig. 55).
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Last Update 2020 Sep 19 05:36 (species record created: 2001 Apr 13 00:00)