|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Mystus armatus (Day, 1865)|
|Common Name||Kerala Mystus|
|Type Locality||Rivers and occasionally in backwaters, Cochin, India.|
|Synonym(s)||Aoria armatus, Hypselobagrus armatus, Macrones armatus, Macrones armatus|
|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.|
|Size||145mm 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.|
|General Remarks||The range of Mystus armatus was thought to extend to Myanmar and Bangladesh (Hora (1931) & Jayaram and Sanyal (2003)).The range has since then been restricted to peninsular India following recent works (reference 1 & 2) on this genus.|
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Indian waters, Western Ghats Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|IUCN Red List Status||Least Concern|
|Feeding||Easily adapts to a wide variety of frozen and prepared food in the aquarium. May eat very small fish.|
|Furniture||Adults hide under rocks and boulders in swift-flowing clear water hill streams.|
|Breeding||Unreported. Oviparous, distinct pairing possibly like other members of the same family.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||Proceedings of the General Meetings for Scientific Business of the Zoological Society of London 1865 (pt 1) A New Species of Mystus from Myanmar (Siluriformes: Bagridae)Heok Hee Ng and Maurice Kottelat (1) Mystus ngasep, a new catfish species (Teleostei: Bagridae) from the headwaters of Chindwin drainage in Manipur, India : A. Darshan , W. Vishwanath , P.C. Mahanta & A. Barat (2)|
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|Last Update||2013 Jul 19 19:11 (species record created: 2009 Apr 15 02:52)|