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Scientific Name Mystus carcio  (Hamilton, 1822)
Common Name Pyjama Catfish
Type Locality Ponds of northern Bengal, India.
Synonym(s) Pimelodus carcio
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 48mm or 1.9" 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.

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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Distribution Bengal, India.
Indian waters, Bengal 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.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference An account of the fishes found in the river Ganges, pp 181, 377, Pl. 23 (fig. 60).
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Last Update 2019 Oct 13 03:34 (species record created: 2001 Apr 21 00:00)