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Scientific Name Horabagrus brachysoma  (Günther, 1864)
Common Names Eclipse Catfish
Bullseye Catfish, Mondfinsternis-Stachelwels (Germany), Solar Catfish, Sun Catfish
Type Locality Cochinchine [? southern Vietnam or Cochin].
Synonym(s) Horabagrus melanosoma, Pseudobagrus brachysoma
Pronunciation HOE ra BAG russ - brack ee SO mah
Etymology Horabagrus: Named after SL Hora, the Indian ichthyologist, and bagrus, the name of a catfish genus frequently used to form generic names. 
Article - CotM 2012 November
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Size 450mm or 17.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Young fish are similar to H. nigricollaris particularly if unsettled. In H. nigricollaris the black collar stripe extends from mid-body around to the top of the fishes head, whereas in H. brachysoma it remains a distinct spot. Baensch reports the maximum length as 130mm. Imports have been recorded larger than this size and the maximum size given elsewhere in hobby literature is 450mm.
Sexing Females can be identified by their big, soft and distended belly with a swollen and reddish-pink vent and males by their reddish genital opening.
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Distribution Kerala and Karnataka, Southern India
Indian waters, Kerala State Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, Maharashtra State Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, Karnataka State Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, Western Ghats Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Vulnerable, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2010.
pH 6.0 - 7.5
Temperature 23.0-25.0°C or 73.4-77°F (Show species within this range)
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Feeding An easy fish to feed. All prepared and frozen foods are greedily taken.
Furniture A light shy catfish which will only be venture forth during the day in dimly lit tanks. Caves (or lots of plants for smaller individuals) are required.
Compatibility Peaceful with other and it's own species. Not to be trusted with smaller fish though.
Breeding Unknown.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Catalogue of the fishes in the British Museum v. 5, pp 86.
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Last Update 2019 Sep 14 06:06 (species record created: 2001 Apr 17 00:00)