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Scientific Name Gogangra viridescens  (Hamilton, 1822)
Common Name
Type Locality Gongachora, India.
Synonym(s) Gagata viridescens, Gangra viridescens, Nangra punctata, Nangra viridescens, Pimelodus viridescens
Pronunciation Gan GRAH - vee ree dess senz
Etymology The generic name is derived from the combination of Gagata and Nangra. The specific epithet comes from the Latin viridis, meaning green, and refers to the color of the fish.
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Size 85mm or 3.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Body pale greenish or grayish overall, with vivid, almost viridescent, horizontal silvery mark in the membrane connecting the opercle to the side of the cranium. Mesethmoid not greatly expanded, its dorsal profile slightly convex, Y-shaped anteriorly. Barbels short, slender; nasal barbel very short, extending posteriorly only to end of posterior naris; maxillary and mental barbels not reaching posteriorly beyond heaad; maxillary-barbel membrane absent or greatly reduced; maxillary bone inside maxillary barbel very short; outer and inner mental barbels evenly and widely separated. Paired lateral cranial fontanel absent. Branchiostegal membranes free from isthmus. Anal fin with 4-6 simple rays, 7-9 branched rays (typically 5 + 8).
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Distribution Asia: Indus drainage in Pakistan and Ganges-Brahmaputra drainage in India and Bangladesh. Reported from Nepal an Bhutan.
Indian waters, North Eastern India Waters, Padma, Ganges (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, North Eastern India Waters, Padma, Jamuna, Brahmaputra (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, Bengal Waters, West Bengal Waters (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.
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 173, 377, Pl. 11 (fig. 56).
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Last Update 2020 Nov 08 03:08 (species record created: 2001 May 04 00:00)