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Scientific Name Mystus rufescens  (Vinciguerra, 1890)
Common Name Meetan Mystus
Type Locality Meetan, Tenasserim Provinces, Myanmar [Burma].
Synonym(s) Macrones rufescens
Pronunciation miss tuss
Etymology The generic name is probably derived from the Latin mystax, meaning moustache, in reference to the long barbels. It was first used by Scopoli in 1777 making it a very old genus that has included many catfishes from throughout the world at one time or another. 
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Size 146mm or 5.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Fishes of the genus Mystus Scopoli are small to medium-sized bagrid catfishes occurring in South Asia. Roberts (1994) recognized Mystus to have an elongate cranial fontanel reaching up to the base of the occipital process, long maxillary barbel, very long adipose fin, 11–30 gill rakers on the first gill arch and 37–46 total vertebrae, about equally divided between abdominal and caudal regions. He included only eight species under the genus. Mo (1991) characterized the genus to have a thin needle-like first infraorbital, twisted and thickened metapterygoid loosely attached to the quadrate by means of ligament or a small extent of cartilage. Jayaram & Sanyal (2003) and Ferraris (2007) respectively listed 44 and 33 species of Mystus as valid.
Sexing Males have an elongate genital papilla in front of the anal fin.
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Distribution Asia: Irrawaddy, Sittang and lower Salween basins in Myanmar
Myanmar Waters, Irrawaddy (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Myanmar Waters, Sittang (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Salween, Lower Salween (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Least Concern
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Feeding Easily adapts to a wide variety of frozen and prepared food in the aquarium. May eat very small fish.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova (Ser. 2a) v. 9 226 Pl. 3 (fig. 2)
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Last Update 2013 Jul 22 16:47 (species record created: 2005 Aug 17 00:00)