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Scientific Name Breitensteinia insignis  Steindachner, 1881
Common Name
Type Locality Teweh [= Moara Teweh], Barito River, southeastern Borneo, Indonesia.
Pronunciation Brai tern stai neeya - in sig niss
Etymology Breitensteinia: Named after H Breitenstein, who first collected the fish. From the Latin insignis, meaning a mark or sign, in reference to the blotchy pattern on the body and fins.
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Size 220mm or 8.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Breitensteinia is a genus of akysid catfish lacking an adipose fin but having a long low adipose ridge, a very long and slender caudal peduncle, with gill openings not extending above the base of the pectoral spine, 11–12 principal caudal-fin rays and 42–45 vertebrae.Like other akysids and unusually among catfish, they have a low principal caudal fin ray count and more rays in the upper caudal fin lobe than the lower. They have an elongate body, reflected by their high number of vertebrae which is eight to twelve more than in other akysid species.

The unevenly-spotted paired fins and the slightly smaller eye distinguishes this species from B. cessator.
Sexing Male Breitensteinia possess a short genital papilla immediately behind the anus. The pelvic fins of the female are also more closely set.
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Distribution Asia: Indonesia.
Pacific, Greater Sunda Island Rivers, Borneo Waters, Barito (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Data Deficient, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2018.
pH 6.0 - 7.0
Temperature 20.0-25.0°C or 68-77°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Best kept in a well-oxygenated tank, preferably with a slight current.
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Feeding Readily feeds on most foods, but live or frozen food is strongly preferred.
Furniture Plenty of driftwood for the fish to hide in. A substrate of fine sand is ideal.
Suggested Tankmates Ideal tankmates include mid-sized cyprinids (e.g. larger Puntius, Labiobarbus) and Asian catfishes (e.g. Ompok).
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Anzeiger der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien, Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Classe v. 18 (no. 6) (for 17 Feb. 1881), pp 46.
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Last Update 2020 Nov 15 09:47 (species record created: 2006 Nov 21 03:44)