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  • Horabagrus nigricollaris
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Scientific NameHorabagrus nigricollaris  Pethiyagoda & Kottelat, 1994
Common NamesBlack Collared Catfish
Weißstreifen Imperial-Wels (Germany)
Type LocalityChalakudy R., 26 km upstream of Chalakudy town, near Vettilappara, Kerala, India.
PronunciationHOE ra BAG russ - nig ree kol ARE iss
EtymologyHorabagrus: Named after SL Hora, the Indian ichthyologist, and bagrus, the name of a catfish genus frequently used to form generic names. nigri = black, collaris = collar; alluding to the black 'collar' marking at the rear of the head
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Size 300mm or 11.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationYoung fish are similar to H. brachysoma particularly if unsettled. In H. nigricollaris the black collar stripe extends from mid-body around to the top of the fishes head, whereas in H. brachysoma it remains a distinct spot. The adult size is a best-guess based on this similar H. brachysoma.
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DistributionChalakudy River, Kerala, India.
Indian waters, Periyar, Chalakudy (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List StatusEndangered
pH5.5 - 7.5
Temperature23.0-25.0°C or 73.4-77°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersThe fish is hardy and will adapt to most water conditions.
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FeedingAn easy fish to feed. All prepared and frozen foods are taken usually under cover of darkness although with age the fish does become bolder.
FurnitureThe fish will not be settled if some cover is not given. It panics in a fashion similar to Pangasius catfishes. The best bet is to add plenty of leafy plant cover which this fish appears to have a special affinity for.
CompatibilityPeaceful with other and it's own species. Not to be trusted with smaller fish though.
Suggested TankmatesA great catfish for a catfish aquarium; it will compete for food well with most other fish. It is also suited to the larger community tank especially if it is to house active mid-water fish such as the larger barbs and rasboras. Would also cope well in an New World cichlid set-up.
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ReferencesJournal of South Asian Natural History v. 1 (no. 1 - pp110 - Fig. 13
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Breeding ReportsNone.
Article - CotM 2001 September
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Last Update2013 Feb 11 16:53 (species record created: 2001 Apr 17 00:00)