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Scientific NameMystus carcio  (Hamilton, 1822)
Common NamePyjama Catfish
Type LocalityPonds of northern Bengal.
Synonym(s)Pimelodus carcio
Pronunciationmiss tuss
EtymologyThe 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 48mm or 1.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationFishes 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.

Mystus carcio can be distinguished from other striped Mystus by its adult size (maturing at 44.0 mm SL) and a short adipose fin.
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DistributionBengal, India.
Indian waters, Bengal Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List StatusLeast Concern
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FeedingEasily adapts to a wide variety of frozen and prepared food in the aquarium. May eat very small fish.
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ReferencesAn account of the fishes found in the river Ganges and its branches.
Registered Keepers(1) paleatus, who also notes: "Deformity to tail area", (2) Shovelnose, (3) stealth77, (4) Miss-Pepper, (5) jodilynn (k: 3), who also notes: "Lovely lively little fish, were initially quite active but when I added more caves to the tank they became more shy. Still occasionally see them darting about. My very first Asian catfish!".

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Breeding ReportsNone.
Article - CotM 2017 April
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Last Update2013 Mar 20 09:43 (species record created: 2001 Apr 21 00:00)