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Scientific Name Pterocryptis wynaadensis  (Day, 1873)
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Type Locality Wynaad, India, elevation 3000 feet.
Synonym(s) Silurus berdmorei wynaadensis, Silurus cochinchinensis wynaadensis, Silurus wynaadensis
Pronunciation Terr oh krip tiss
Etymology The generic name comes from the Greek pteron, meaning fin, and kryptos, meaning hidden; in reference to the small dorsal fin. The specific epithet Wynaadensis refers to Wynaad,the type location, -ensis being the prefix to indicate "from".
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Size 300mm or 11.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Catfishes of the genus Pterocryptis Peters, 1861, are medium sized members of the Siluridae usually found in fast flowing mountain streams throughout India, southern China and Southeast Asia. Pterocryptis had been considered a junior synonym of Silurus Linnaeus, 1758, until its rediagnosis by Bornbusch (1991). There are 16 nominal species of Pterocryptis (Ng & Freyhof, 2001). They can be distinguished from other siluroids by having a small dorsal fin,upper jaw longer than lower jaw and a confluent anal and caudal fin with a distnct notch between them.
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Distribution India
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IUCN Red List Status Endangered
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Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Proceedings of the General Meetings for Scientific Business of the Zoological Society of London 1873 (pt 1)p.273.
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Last Update 2011 Jul 06 14:59 (species record created: 2011 Jan 30 10:00)