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Scientific Name Pachypterus atherinoides  (Bloch, 1794)
Common Name Indian Potasi
Type Locality Tranquebar [Tharangambadi], India.
Synonym(s) Pseudeutropius atherinoides, Silurus atherinoides
Pronunciation at the ree noy diss
Etymology The specific name comes from the Greek atherine, meaning smelt, and the suffix -oides, meaning having the form of, in reference to the passing resemblance to smelt.
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Size 115mm or 4.5" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Distinguished from N. acutirostris in having a shorter snout.
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Distribution Widely distributed in river drainages on the Indian subcontinent north of the Cauvery.
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IUCN Red List Status Least Concern
pH 6.0 - 7.0
Temperature 20.0-26.0°C or 68-78.8°F (Show species within this range)
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Feeding Will eat all manner of live, frozen and prepared foods.
Furniture Provide plenty of vegetation in the form of a heavily planted tank for the fish to hide in.
Compatibility A peaceful, schooling species that is compatible with most fish. Should be kept in groups of three or more indivduals. Ideal tankmates are other small Asian fish (barbs, rasboras, gouramies) in a biotope setup.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Naturgeschichte der ausländischen Fische v. 8, pp 48, Pl. 371 (fig. 1).
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Last Update 2019 Sep 18 14:15 (species record created: 2001 Apr 26 00:00)