Cat-eLog Right Arrow Bagridae Right Arrow Mystus

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Scientific NameMystus zeylanicus  Ng & Pethiyagoda, 2013
Common Name
Type LocalitySri Lanka: Western Province, Matugama District, tributary to Bentota Ganga approximately 8 km N of Matugama on road to Kalutara
Pronunciationmiss tuss
EtymologyThe generic name is probably derived from the Latin mystax, meaning moustache, in reference to the long barbels. It was first used by Scopoli in 1777 making it a very old genus that has included many catfishes from throughout the world at one time or another. 
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IdentificationFishes of the genus Mystus Scopoli are small to medium-sized bagrid catfishes occurring in South Asia. Roberts (1994) recognized Mystus to have an elongate cranial fontanel reaching up to the base of the occipital process, long maxillary barbel, very long adipose fin, 11–30 gill rakers on the first gill arch and 37–46 total vertebrae, about equally divided between abdominal and caudal regions. He included only eight species under the genus. Mo (1991) characterized the genus to have a thin needle-like first infraorbital, twisted and thickened metapterygoid loosely attached to the quadrate by means of ligament or a small extent of cartilage. Jayaram & Sanyal (2003) and Ferraris (2007) respectively listed 44 and 33 species of Mystus as valid.
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DistributionLowland river drainages throughout Sri Lanka.
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FeedingEasily adapts to a wide variety of frozen and prepared food in the aquarium. May eat very small fish.
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ReferencesIchthyological Exploration of Freshwaters v. 24 (no. 2), pp 162, Figs. 1-2.
Registered KeepersNone.
Breeding ReportsNone.
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Last Update2018 Mar 06 07:52 (species record created: 2013 Nov 27 23:20)