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Scientific Name Pseudolaguvia flavida  Ng, 2009
Common Name
Type Locality Hooghly [Bhagirathi] River at Kalna, 23°13'30"N, 88°22'39"E, West Bengal, India.
Pronunciation sue doh lah GOO vee ah - fla vee da
Etymology From the Latin flavidus, meaning golden-yellow, in reference to the golden-yellow coloration of this species when alive. An adjective.
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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 flavida differs from congeners except for P. kapuri and P. ribeiroi in having a serrated (vs. smooth) anterior edge of the dorsal spine. It is distinguished from both P. kapuri and P. ribeiroi in having a deeper body (depth at anus 11.0 % SL vs. 12.7-15.2), a shorter adipose-fin base (11.0 % SL vs. 12.6-20.6), and a shorter snout (43 % HL vs. 51-56). It further differs from P. kapuri in having a more slender caudal peduncle (6.5 % SL vs. 7.3-9.2). Pseudolaguvia flavida also differs from all congeners except P. ferula and P. ferruginea in having a longer dorsal to adipose distance (16.3 % SL vs. 0.0-14.0. It is further distinguished from P. ferula in having a longer dorsal-fin base (16.7 % SL vs. 7.9-11.9), a shorter pectoral fin (22.4 % SL vs. 24.1-27.5) and wider head (22.0 % SL vs. 17.1-19.9), and from P. ferruginea in having a shorter snout (43 % HL vs. 46-50).
Sexing Not known.
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Distribution Known from the Hooghly (Bhagirathi) River, a distributary of the Ganges River in West Bengal state in India.
Indian waters, Bengal Waters, West Bengal Waters, Hooghly (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Data Deficient
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 type locality of P. flavida is a moderately large river with turbid water and a bottom consisting of mud and fine sand.
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 Crossocheilus latius , Mystus cavasius, Rita rita, Ailia coilia, Eutropiichthys vacha , Bagarius yarrelli, Gagata cenia, Gagata sexualis, Glyptothorax botius, Glyptothorax cavia,Glyptothorax telchitta, Nangra assamensis, N. nangra, Gogangra viridescens, Sisor rabdophorus , Bahaba chaptis ,Apocryptes bato and Cynoglossus cynoglossus.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters v. 20 (no. 3), pp 282, Figs. 5-6.
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Last Update 2019 Oct 13 03:06 (species record created: 2005 Nov 24 00:00)