|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Mystus pelusius (Solander, 1794)|
|Type Locality||Kowick River, Aleppo, Syria.|
|Synonym(s)||Bagrus halepensis, Macrones aleppensis, Macrones colvillii, Mystus halepensis colvillii, Mystus misrai, Silurus pelusius|
|Etymology||The generic name is probably derived from the Latin mystax, meaning moustache, in reference to the long barbels. It was first used by Scopoli in 1777 making it a very old genus that has included many catfishes from throughout the world at one time or another.|
|Size||178mm or 7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Fishes of the genus Mystus Scopoli are small to medium-sized bagrid catfishes occurring in South Asia. Roberts (1994) recognized Mystus to have an elongate cranial fontanel reaching up to the base of the occipital process, long maxillary barbel, very long adipose fin, 11–30 gill rakers on the first gill arch and 37–46 total vertebrae, about equally divided between abdominal and caudal regions. He included only eight species under the genus. Mo (1991) characterized the genus to have a thin needle-like first infraorbital, twisted and thickened metapterygoid loosely attached to the quadrate by means of ligament or a small extent of cartilage. Jayaram & Sanyal (2003) and Ferraris (2007) respectively listed 44 and 33 species of Mystus as valid.|
|Distribution||Euphrates River basin; Tigris River basin.
Euphrates (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Euphrates, Tigris (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|Feeding||Easily adapts to a wide variety of frozen and prepared food in the aquarium. May eat very small fish.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|Reference||Natural History of Aleppo. Second Edition v. 2, pp 210, Pl. 7 (fig. 1).|
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|Last Update||2019 Oct 26 06:42 (species record created: 2011 Sep 24 06:01)|