|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Pterocryptis barakensis Vishwanath & Nebeshwar Sharma, 2006|
|Type Locality||Barak River at Vanchengphai Village,Tamenlong District,Manipur,India.|
|Pronunciation||Terr oh krip tiss - bar aak en sis|
|Etymology||The generic name comes from the Greek pteron, meaning fin, and kryptos, meaning hidden; in reference to the small dorsal fin. This species is named after its type locality, the Barak River.|
|Identification||Catfishes of the genus Pterocryptis Peters, 1861, are medium sized members of the
Siluridae usually found in fast flowing mountain streams throughout India, southern China
and Southeast Asia. Pterocryptis had been considered a junior synonym of Silurus
Linnaeus, 1758, until its rediagnosis by Bornbusch (1991). There are 16 nominal species
of Pterocryptis (Ng & Freyhof, 2001). They can be distinguished from other siluroids by having a small dorsal fin,upper jaw longer than lower jaw and a confluent anal and caudal fin with a distnct notch between them.
Pterocryptis barakensis is distinguished from P. berdmorei(Blyth) and the other known species of the genus from the Indian region in having a longer caudal fin, distinct sensory pores, serration pattern on posterior edges of anterior and posterior segments of the pectoral spine, rounded tip and colour of pectoral and ventral fins.
|Sexing||Males are different from females in having pointed and elongated genital papilla vs. rounded one; posteriorly granulated pectoral spine vs. smooth one; shorter caudal-fin base, pectoral-fin base, caudal peduncle; shallower body; shorter pre-anal length and mandibular barbel length.|
|Distribution||Barak River at Vanchengphai Village,Tamenlong District,Manipur,India.
Indian waters, North Eastern India Waters, Padma, Ganges, Meghna, Surma, Barak (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, North Eastern India Waters, Padma, Jamuna, Brahmaputra, Dissang (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|IUCN Red List Category||Endangered, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2010.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|Reference||Catfishes of India, pp 99, Pl. 5 (fig. 2).|
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|Last Update||2019 Oct 26 07:30 (species record created: 2012 Jul 20 13:02)|