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Scientific Name Olyra praestigiosa  Ng & Ferraris, 2016
Common Name Chel River Fighting Catfish
Type Locality Chel River, approximately 1.25 km north of Gorubathan, Kalimpong Subdivision, Darjeeling District, West Bengal, India, 26°58'19.6"N, 88°41'56.3"E.
Pronunciation oh LIE rah
Etymology Olyra: From the Greek olyra, meaning a kind of grain (probably rye); probably in allusion to the shape of the fish. 
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Identification The bagrid catfish genus Olyra is known from the Ganges-Brahmaputra river system in the northern part of the Indian subcontinent. It is also known from localities southwards to the Manimalai River in southwestern India and eastwards to the Mae Klong River drainage in western Thailand. The genus is a supported monophyletic group diagnosed by the following combination of external characters: anguilliform body; unossified first and second dorsal-fin elements; and greatly enlarged upper caudal-fin lobe.

Distinguished from congeners in having the following unique combination of characters: interorbital distance 30–37% HL; body depth at anus 6–9% SL; length of adipose-fin base 9–16% SL; adipose fin separate from upper principal caudal-fin rays; post-adipose distance 15–18% SL; 17–22 anal-fin rays; caudal peduncle length 14–19% SL; and caudal peduncle depth 6–8% SL.
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Distribution Brahmaputra River drainage in Bangladesh and northeastern India.

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Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Zootaxa 4079 (no. 3), pp 382, Figs. 1, 2.
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Last Update 2019 Oct 27 02:33 (species record created: 2013 Jul 16 19:56)