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Scientific Name Batasio sharavatiensis  Bhatt & Jayaram, 2004
Common Name
Type Locality River Sharavati, 14°14'N, 74°49'E, Joginmatha, Uttara Kannada District, Karnataka, India.
Pronunciation bah tah see oh - sha raa va thee en sis
Etymology The genus name comes from the local (Bengali) name of the fish (batasio or batashi). This species is named after its type locality, the Sharavati River.
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Size 107mm or 4.2" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification The bagrid genus Batasio Blyth comprises of small, laterally compressed catfishes distributed in South and Southeast Asia, diagnosed from its confamilials in having large sensory pores on the head, a narrow mental region, a pair of posteriorly-directed processes on the anterior part of vomer, a transversely-elongated bar-like entopterygoid, and the metapterygoid in close contact with the quadrate but free from the hyomandibular (Mo, 1991).

Batasio sharavatiensis is differentiated from its congeners by the absence of stripes or spots and an adipose fin that is almost confluent with the caudal fin but for a narrow notch.
Sexing Not known.
General Remarks Not exported for the trade as yet.
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Distribution Sharavati And Tunga River Basins
Indian waters, Andhra Pradesh State Waters, Krishna, Tungabhadra, Tunga (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, Western Ghats Waters, Sharavati (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, Karnataka State Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, Western Ghats Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Endangered
Temperature 20.0-25.0°C or 68-77°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters The water should be cool and heavily oxygenated with a good flow as these fish occur in hill streams.Anything above 25 C will hamper long term survival as these fish tend to burn away at higher temperatures.
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Feeding Is known to take processed food but prefers live food like blood worms, frozen brine shrimp etc. Needs sometime to gradually get weaned off live foods. Spot feeding will help in case tank mates are voracious feeders.
Furniture Fine sand for the bottom and smooth pebbles / rocks. Cover / hiding spots can be created with either plants or wood.
Compatibility A peaceful species suitable for a hillstream biotope.
Suggested Tankmates Peaceful Cyprinids like Puntius or Oreichthys and Balitorine loaches like Schistura or Nemacheilus species.
Breeding Unreported in the aquarium.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Zoos' Print Journal v. 19 (no. 2), pp 1339, Figs. 2-4.
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Last Update 2019 Oct 31 14:38 (species record created: 2011 Sep 23 08:45)