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Scientific NameErethistes jerdoni  Day, 1870
Common NamesAnchor Catfish
Deltafluegel-Zwergwels (Germany), Dwarf Moth Catfish, Sylhet Moth Catfish
Type LocalitySylhet dist., Bangladesh.
Synonym(s)Hara jerdoni
Pronunciationjerr don eye
EtymologyThe generic name comes from the local name for the fish. The species is named after TC Jerdon.
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Size 30mm or 1.2" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationEasily distinguished by its small size and extremely long pectoral spines (which reach beyond the pelvic fin bases).
General RemarksAn 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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DistributionKnown 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 StatusLeast Concern
pH5.6 - 7.6
Temperature20.0-25.0°C or 68-77°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersMake sure water is amply oxygenated, as it does not tolerate a drop in dissolved oxygen well.
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FeedingWill eat a variety of live and prepared foods, with the former being preferred.
FurnitureProvide ample vegetation (rather than driftwood or logs) for the fish to hide amongst. A sandy substrate is also preferable.
CompatibilityAn ideal community fish due to its small size and peaceful nature.
Suggested TankmatesGoes 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.
BreedingThis species has been bred in the aquarium.
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ReferencesJ. Asiatic Soc. Bengalv. 39 (pt 2, no. 1) - pp39 - Pl. 4 (figs. 2a-c)
Registered Keepers(1) xingumike, (2) DutchFry (k: 7), who also notes: "really small and secretive fish, rests in plants near the surface at day time. hold in group to see more of them, they become less secretive.", (3) worton[pl] (k: 8), (4) irshprncsk, (5) uknowho, (6) glenny, (7) firlefanz, (8) vriesea (k: 2), who also notes: "Bought 2 at SVAS for $15/pair. Very small about 1" length", (9) Shovelnose (k: 14), who also notes: "Wild Caught", (10) HX67 (k: 4), (11) myfish (k: 3), (12) fischkringli, (13) ahodge84 (k: 3), (14) earth intruder (k: 7), (15) The.Dark.One, (16) Devin (k: 2), (17) Francois (p: 2), (18) ayrtoninst (k: 4), (19) Humunuku, (20) beta, (21) Zzyzx85, (22) oanes (k: 8), (23) nature_lover (k: 12), (24) mummymonkey (k: 7), (25) NC24 (p: 2), (26) Ursus sapien (p: 2, k: 5), (27) arapaimag (k: 3), (28) Deb (k: 9), who also notes: "Indian almond leaf tank with Danio margaritatus.", (29) PlecoCrazy (k: 6), (30) Crazysosa, who also notes: "Stationary With Relocation Every 20 Mins Or So", (31) araceae (k: 4), (32) racoll (k: 5), (33) nowayhere, (34) Martin S (k: 4), who also notes: "Now owned by MatsP", (35) Lilredbeaver, (36) MatsP (k: 4), (37) Mike_Noren (k: 2), (38) eric2122, (39) charly1958, (40) Apostolis, (41) tamara, (42) rabbi, (43) linuxrulesusa (k: 2), (44) Catfishfingers, (45) Shazray, (46) Cory Ben, (47) Lupine, (48) miguel mitchel (p: 2), (49) parrot1974 (k: 3), (50) sushi1980, (51) andriesj (k: 2), who also notes: "Prefer plants over hardscape (rocks and wood)", (52) DHarris (p: 2), (53) catfishchaos (k: 9), who also notes: "Great little catfish! very peaceful and shy but look like small sharks when they rip apart bloodworms and brine shrimp. all have sunken bellies but most are already eating.", (54) Malek, (55) dmcat (k: 21), (56) Lune_en_BullE (k: 5), who also notes: "Hara jerdoni / Dario hysginon pH ~7 GH 5 KH ?", (57) kiwidu21 (k: 2), (58) OregonOutdoorsChris (k: 8), who also notes: "Nocturnal, but quite tolerant of light. Picky about food; the closer to natural the more willing they are to eat it. Burrows in sand when frightened, meaning you might not get all of them out of an aquarium on the first go.", (59) joclru (k: 4), (60) Sabaji, (61) Atmichaels (k: 4), (62) Weirder_weird, (63) Jakesilvester1996, (64) FishyMcFishFish, (65) KopyKat58, (66) FWFG, (67) WadeNCreeks (k: 7), (68) Recklesssilence.

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Breeding ReportsNone.
Article - Shane's World Reproduction Spawning Erethistes jerdoni
Article - CotM 2007 December
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