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Scientific Name Pseudolaguvia ferula  Ng, 2006
Common Name
Type Locality Tista River at Tista Barrage, 26°45'10''N, 88°34'11''E, West Bengal, India.
Pronunciation sue doh lah GOO vee ah - fer u laa
Etymology From the Latin ferula, meaning rod, in reference to the terete head and body in this species, which makes it considerably narrower than congeners. Used as a noun in the nominative singular.
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Size 25mm or 1" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Members of the genus Pseudolaguvia are small erethistid catfishes inhabiting hill streams and large rivers in the area bordered by the Ganges River drainage (northern India) to the west and the Sittang River drainage (east-central Myanmar) to the east. They can be distinguished from other sisorids by their small size,a combination of a thoracic adhesive apparatus with a median depression and prominent postcoracoid processes.

Pseudolaguvia ferula differs from congeners in having a terete head and body (vs. slightly depressed body and strongly depressed head). This difference in body form is easily manifested in the head width (17.1–19.1% SL vs. 19.4–24.3). It can also be distinguished from congeners in having a smaller anterior fontanel (about one third the length of the frontals vs. at least half the length; Fig. 2), and very faint, poorly contrasting cream bands that are sometimes absent on some individuals (vs. sharply contrasting cream bands on a brown body).
Sexing Not known.
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Distribution Asia: Tista River in West Bengal, India.
Indian waters, North Eastern India Waters, Padma, Jamuna, Brahmaputra, Tista (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Data Deficient, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2009.
Other Parameters The water should be cool and heavily oxygenated with a good flow as these fish occur in hill streams. Anything above 25 C will hamper long term survival as these fish tend to wither away at higher temperatures.
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Feeding Known to take only live food like blood worms, frozen brine shrimp etc. Spot feeding will help in case tank mates are voracious feeders.
Furniture Fine sand for the bottom and smooth pebbles / rocks. The presence of plants like Vallisneria, Myriophyllum will also help as these fish seem to prefer hiding in clumps of plants.
Compatibility A peaceful species suitable for a hillstream biotope.Extreme care should be taken while choosing their tankmates as these fish are extremely poor at competing for food.
Suggested Tankmates Cyprinids like Barilius and Danios and Balitorine loaches like Homaloptera species. Other fish species found in the same habitat include Aspidoparia morar, Barilius bendelisis, B. shacra, B. vagra, Crossocheilus latius, Garra lissorhynchus , Psilorhynchus balitora, P. sucatio ,Canthophrys gongota, Lepidocephalichthys guntea , Acanthocobitis botia,Schistura savona , Amblyceps mangois , Batasio tengana, Erethistoides sicula , Pseudolaguvia foveolata, P. ribeiroi, P.shawi and Parambassis ranga .
Breeding Unreported in the aquarium.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Zootaxa No. 1229, pp 60, Fig. 1, 2a, 3a, 5a.
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Last Update 2020 Sep 29 03:00 (species record created: 2006 Jun 14 00:00)