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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
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 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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Distribution Asia: India and probably lower Myanmar. Reported from Bangladesh.
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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 Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2010.
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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.
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Reference Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1865 (pt 1), pp 289, Fig.
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Last Update 2020 Oct 28 16:27 (species record created: 2009 Apr 15 02:52)