|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Conta conta (Hamilton, 1822)|
|Common Name||Conta Catfish|
|Type Locality||Mahamanda R., ne. Bengal.|
|Synonym(s)||Conta elongata, Erethistes elongata, Hara elongata, Pimelodus conta|
|Pronunciation||kon tah - corn tah|
|Etymology||Named after the local (Bengali) name of the fish (kuta kanti).|
|Size||85mm or 3.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Conta can be distinguished from all other erethistids by the presence of a very long and narrow adhesive apparatus on its thorax about six times as it is long. It also has extremely narrow gill openings, a slender body, a serrated anterior margin on the dorsal fin spine, a papillate upper lip, and 9–10 anal fin rays. The eyes are small and located dorsolaterally.There is villiform (brush-like) teeth in both jaws. The pectoral fin spine is serrated anteriorly and posteriorly.
Easily distinguished by its narrow body and long caudal peduncle.
|Distribution||Foothills of the Himalayas in northern Bengal, Assam, Maghalaya and Terai, and Bangladesh.
Bangladesh Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|IUCN Red List Status||Data Deficient|
|pH||6.0 - 7.0|
|Temperature||15.0-24.0°C or 59-75.2°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||Strong current needed.|
|Feeding||Readily feeds on live/frozen foods such as bloodworms, but does not take prepared foods.|
|Furniture||A sandy bottom with numerous rocks and some driftwood. Strong current and cool water is necessary, as these fishes are very sensitive to both temperature and oxygen levels.|
|Compatibility||A peaceful fish that can be kept in a community tank. Best kept in a well-oxygenated tank, preferably with some current. Ideal tankmates include balitorine loaches such as Homaloptera, fast-swimming cyprinids such as Danio or Barilius, and smaller mastacembelids|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||Fishes Ganges - pp191, 378|
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|Last Update||2005 Dec 11 00:00 (species record created: 2001 Apr 25 00:00)|