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Scientific Name Amblyceps mangois  (Hamilton, 1822)
Common Names Biting Catfish
Indian Torrent Catfish
Type Locality Nathpur, Kosi river, India.
Synonym(s) Pimelodus indicus, Pimelodus mangois
Pronunciation AHM bli seps - mang gaw yis
Etymology From the Greek amblys, meaning blunt and kephale, meaning head; in reference to the blunt snout. From the local name of the fish (mangois or manggoi).
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Size 125mm or 4.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification The catfish genus Amblyceps is characteristic in having the epiphyseal commissure of the supraorbital sensory canals immediately anterior to, and not passing through the epiphyseal bar; the anterior cranial fontanelle narrowing abruptly along its posterior end offering epiphyseal commisure bony support from frontal; the fifth ceratobranchial expanding medially at its posterior tip; pinnatelike rays along anterior margin of the procurrent and medial caudal-fin rays; a transverse crest along entire posterior margin of roof of supraoccipital and pterotic; the lateroposterior process of horizontal lamina of urohyal short or vestigial,shorter than the horizontal lamina; the upper hypurals fused with compound centrum; the anterior nostril situated immediately anterior to the base of the nasal barbel; and both lips with double folds. It is also characteristic in having a prominent cup-like skin flap above the base of the pectoral spine.

Differs from A. mucronatum, A. murraystuarti, A. platycephalus, A. foratum and A. variegatum in having a relatively short body with 34-36 (vs. 38-40) vertebrae, and a caudal fin with upper and lower lobes of distinctly different shapes (vs. truncate caudal fin in A. murraystuarti and with both lobes similar in shape in other Indochinese species). Pectoral spine smooth.

Differs from A. macropterus in having a smaller adipose fin.
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Distribution Asia: Pakistan to Thailand.
Indian waters, North Eastern India Waters, Padma, Ganges (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 2009.
pH 6.4 - 7.4
Temperature 15.0-22.0°C or 59-71.6°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Best kept in a well-oxygenated tank with a vigorous current.
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Feeding Readily eats all manner of live and prepared foods.
Furniture Provide plenty of rocks as hiding places.
Compatibility Ideal tankmates include balitorine loaches such as Homaloptera, fast-swimming cyprinids such as Danio or Barilius, and smaller mastacembelids.

Congeners are territorial and will fight, so space is essential if more than one is to be kept.
Breeding Females have a pair of unbranched ovaries and males have branched testes, and the species breeds in the summer (June-July).

Not reported in aquaria.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference An account of the fishes found in the river Ganges, pp 199, 379.
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Last Update 2020 Nov 08 03:10 (species record created: 2001 Mar 28 00:00)