|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|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).|
|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.
|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.|
|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.|
|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)|