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Scientific Name Erethistes jerdoni  (Day, 1870)
Common Names Anchor Catfish
Deltafluegel-Zwergwels (Germany), Dwarf Moth Catfish, Sylhet Moth Catfish
Type Locality Sylhet District, Bangladesh.
Synonym(s) Hara jerdoni
Pronunciation jerr don eye
Etymology The generic name comes from the local name for the fish. The species is named after TC Jerdon.
Articles
Article Link - Shane's World Reproduction Spawning Erethistes jerdoni
Article Link - CotM 2007 December
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Size 30mm or 1.2" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Easily distinguished by its small size and extremely long pectoral spines (which reach beyond the pelvic fin bases).
General Remarks An extremely shy fish, not often seen. Its eyes can turn from a dark brown to a beige colour, the entire fish can turn shades of brown and tan to blend in with surroundings.
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Distribution Known from the Ganges and Brahmaputra River drainages in the northern part of the Indian subcontinent.
Indian waters, North Eastern India Waters, Padma, Ganges (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, North Eastern India Waters, Padma, Jamuna, Brahmaputra (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, Assam State Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, Bengal Waters, West Bengal Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, Arunachal Pradesh State Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Bangladesh Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
pH 5.6 - 7.6
Temperature 20.0-25.0°C or 68-77°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Make sure water is amply oxygenated, as it does not tolerate a drop in dissolved oxygen well.
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Feeding Will eat a variety of live and prepared foods, with the former being preferred.
Furniture Provide ample vegetation (rather than driftwood or logs) for the fish to hide amongst. A sandy substrate is also preferable.
Compatibility An ideal community fish due to its small size and peaceful nature.
Suggested Tankmates Goes well with most community fish. Ideal tankmates for a biotope setup would be small Indian fishes such as Dario dario, Puntius gelius and Schistura corica.
Breeding This species has been bred in the aquarium.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal v. 39 (pt 2, no. 1), pp 39, Pl. 4 (figs. 2a-c).
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Last Update 2019 Sep 18 14:15 (species record created: 2001 Apr 25 00:00)