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  • Horabagrus nigricollaris
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Scientific Name Horabagrus nigricollaris  Pethiyagoda & Kottelat, 1994
Common Names Black Collared Catfish
Weißstreifen Imperial-Wels (Germany)
Type Locality Chalakudy R., 26 km upstream of Chalakudy town, near Vettilappara, Kerala, India.
Pronunciation HOE ra BAG russ - nig ree kol ARE iss
Etymology Horabagrus: 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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Article - CotM 2001 September
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Size 300mm or 11.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Young 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.
Sexing Unknown
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Distribution Chalakudy River, Kerala, India.
Indian waters, Periyar, Chalakudy (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Endangered
pH 5.5 - 7.5
Temperature 23.0-25.0°C or 73.4-77°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters The fish is hardy and will adapt to most water conditions.
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Feeding An easy fish to feed. All prepared and frozen foods are taken usually under cover of darkness although with age the fish does become bolder.
Furniture The 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.
Compatibility Peaceful with other and it's own species. Not to be trusted with smaller fish though.
Suggested Tankmates A 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.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Journal of South Asian Natural History v. 1 (no. 1 - pp110 - Fig. 13
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Last Update 2013 Feb 11 16:53 (species record created: 2001 Apr 17 00:00)