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Scientific Name Batasio travancoria  Hora & Law, 1941
Common Name Malabar Batasio (Indian)
Type Locality Peruntenaruvi, tributary of Pamba River at Edakadathy, Kerala, southwestern India.
Pronunciation bah tah see oh - tra van core ee ya
Etymology The genus name comes from the local (Bengali) name of the fish (batasio or batashi). 
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Size 100mm or 3.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification The bagrid genus Batasio Blyth comprises of small, laterally compressed catfishes distributed in South and Southeast Asia, diagnosed from its confamilials in having large sensory pores on the head, a narrow mental region, a pair of posteriorly-directed processes on the anterior part of vomer, a transversely-elongated bar-like entopterygoid, and the metapterygoid in close contact with the quadrate but free from the hyomandibular (Mo, 1991).

Batasio travancoria has a lateral stripe along the lateral line and a faint shoulder spot. The adipose fin in this species is short and is seperated from the caudal fin by a distinct notch. The caudal fin has 18-19 rays and the anal fin,12-15 rays.
Sexing Not known.
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Distribution India.
Indian waters, Western Ghats Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Vulnerable
Temperature 20.0-25.0°C or 68-77°F (Show species within this range)
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 burn away at higher temperatures.
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Feeding Is known to take processed food but prefers live food like blood worms, frozen brine shrimp etc. Needs sometime to gradually get weaned off live foods. Spot feeding will help in case tank mates are voracious feeders.
Furniture Fine sand for the bottom and smooth pebbles / rocks. Cover / hiding spots can be created with either plants or wood.
Compatibility A peaceful species suitable for a hillstream biotope.
Suggested Tankmates Peaceful Cyprinids like Puntius or Oreichthys and Balitorine loaches like Schistura or Nemacheilus species.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Records of the Indian Museum (Calcutta) v. 43 (pt 1)
A New Species Of The Genus Batasio Blyth (Siluriformes : Bagridae) From Sharavati River, Uttar Kannada, Karnataka : Anuradha Bhatt & K.C.Jayaram
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Last Update 2013 Jan 04 12:25 (species record created: 2010 Mar 23 14:01)