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Scientific NameAmblyceps mangois  (Hamilton, 1822)
Common NamesBiting Catfish
Indian Torrent Catfish
Type LocalityTanks of N. Behar, India.
Synonym(s)Pimelodus indicus, Pimelodus mangois
PronunciationAHM bli seps - mang gaw yis
EtymologyFrom 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 90mm or 3.5" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationThe 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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DistributionGanges drainage in Northern India
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 StatusLeast Concern
pH6.4 - 7.4
Temperature15.0-22.0°C or 59-71.6°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersBest kept in a well-oxygenated tank with a vigorous current.
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FeedingReadily eats all manner of live and prepared foods.
FurnitureProvide plenty of rocks as hiding places.
CompatibilityIdeal 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.
BreedingFemales have a pair of unbranched ovaries and males have branched testes, and the species breeds in the summer (June-July).

Not reported in aquaria.
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ReferencesFishes Ganges - pp199, 379
Registered Keepers(1) daniel60 (k: 10), (2) Silurus, (3) RobDoran1, (4) skullymaster (k: 11), (5) Shovelnose (k: 9), who also notes: "Wild Caught ", (6) Richard B, (7) dmcat (p: 2, k: 7).

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Breeding ReportsNone.
Article - CotM 2015 April
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Last Update2013 Jul 19 18:58 (species record created: 2001 Mar 28 00:00)