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  • Hemibagrus punctatus
  • Hemibagrus punctatus
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Scientific Name Hemibagrus punctatus  (Jerdon, 1849)
Common Names Porthole Bagrid
Nilgiri 'mystus', Polka Dot Catfish, Sortplettet Pigmalle (Denmark)
Type Locality Cauvery River and its principal tributaries, south India.
Synonym(s) Bagrus punctatus, Macrones punctatus, Mystus punctatus
Pronunciation HEM ee BAG russ - punk tah tuss
Etymology From the Greek hemi- meaning half and bagrus, the catfish genus. The specific epithet comes from the Latin punctum, meaning spot. In reference to the row of black spots on the side of the body.
Jump to next section Species Information
Size 400mm or 15.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Members of the genus Hemibagrus are bagrid catfishes that can attain standard lengths of up to 800 mm and are found in large rivers throughout the Indian subcontinent,Southeast and East Asia. Members of this genus have depressed heads,rugose head shields not covered by skin,a slender occipital process and moderately long adipose fins.

Easily distinguished by a row of small black spots along the lateral line.
Sexing Males have an elongate gential papilla in front of the anal fin.
Jump to next section Habitat Information
Distribution Cauvery River drainage in southern India.
Indian waters, Kaveri (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Critically Endangered
pH 6.0 - 7.0
Temperature 22.0-27.0°C or 71.6-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
Jump to next section Husbandry Information
Feeding Readily eats all manner of live and prepared foods. Will eat smaller fishes.
Furniture Provide plenty of driftwood as hiding places.
Compatibility Territorial and aggressive. Should be kept by itself, as tankmates that are too big to be eaten will be viciously attacked.
Breeding Not reported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
Jump to next section Further Information
References Madras Journal of Literature and Science v. 15 (pt 2), pp 339.
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Last Update 2014 Jun 18 09:18 (species record created: 2001 Apr 25 00:00)