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Scientific Name Gagata cenia  (Hamilton, 1822)
Common Names Clown Catfish
Assam Clownwels (Germany)
Type Locality Northern Bengal rivers.
Synonym(s) Pimelodus cenia
Pronunciation Gah gah tah - keen ee a
Etymology The generic name comes from the local name of the fish (keyakatta). The specific name also comes from the local name of the fish (sinia).
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Size 150mm or 5.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Dorsal with dark saddles extending ventrally only to lateral line. Caudal fin with transverse black bar across peduncle and round or square black spot on middle of each lobe. Dorsal fin with black spot on distal part of anterior rays. Anal fin with 4-5 simple rays, 9-11 branched rays. Upper jaw and 4th ceratobranchial toothless; lower jaw with few conical teeth in pocket or depression near symphysis. Snout tip acutely pointed in lateral view, with tip separated from the rest of the snout by distinct notch.
Sexing Not known.
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Distribution Asia: widely distributed in the Ganges basin, the Indus River system, and the Mahanadi River. Reported from Myanmar and the Salwin River (=Salween River) in Thailand.
Indian waters, North Eastern India Waters, Padma, Ganges (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Pakistan Waters, Indus (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, Mahanadi (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2009.
pH 6.0 - 7.0
Temperature 18.0-25.0°C or 64.4-77°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Requires well oxygenated water.
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Feeding Readily feeds on most foods, but live or frozen food is preferred.
Furniture A sandy/gravel bottom and enough rocks/driftwood to partially deflect the current and for the fish to hide in.
Compatibility A peaceful, shoaling species that should be kept in a group of at least 4. 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.
Suggested Tankmates Ideal tankmates include balitorine loaches such as Homaloptera, fast-swimming cyprinids such as Danio or Barilius , and smaller mastacembelids.
Breeding Not reported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference An account of the fishes found in the river Ganges, pp 174, Pl. 31 (fig. 57).
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Last Update 2020 Dec 12 06:56 (species record created: 2001 May 04 00:00)