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Scientific Name Conta conta  (Hamilton, 1822)
Common Name Conta Catfish
Type Locality Sanashygotta, Mahamanda River, northeastern 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).
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Size 78mm or 3.1" 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.
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Distribution Asia: India 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 Category Data Deficient, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2009.
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.
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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 Unreported in the aquarium.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference An account of the fishes found in the river Ganges, pp 191, 378.
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Last Update 2020 Nov 08 03:10 (species record created: 2001 Apr 25 00:00)