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  • Rama chandramara
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Scientific NameRama chandramara  (Hamilton, 1822)
Common NamesGold Shadow Catfish
Hovering Catfish, Hummingbird Catfish
Type LocalityAtreyi [Atrai] R., North Bengal, India.
Synonym(s)Chandramara chandramara, Leiocassis rama, Pimelodus chandramara, Pimelodus rama, Rama rama
PronunciationRAM ah - chan drah mah rah
EtymologyThe 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.
IdentificationEasily distinguished by its large head, short barbels, and translucent yellowish body.
SexingMales are more slender and have an elongate genital papilla in front of the anus.
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DistributionGanges River drainage in India and Bangladesh.
Indian waters, North Eastern India Waters, Padma, Ganges (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH6.0 - 7.0
Temperature20.0-25.0°C or 68-77°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersCurrent, if provided, should not be too strong.
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FeedingShows a marked preference for live or frozen food.
FurnitureProvide ample driftwood and vegetation, as this species likes to hide in the shade.
CompatibilityPeaceful, 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.
BreedingNot reported.
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ReferencesFishes Ganges - pp162, 375
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Breeding ReportsNone.
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Last Update2013 Jul 19 17:34 (species record created: 2001 Apr 13 00:00)