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Scientific Name Olyra saginata  Ng, Lalramliana & Lalthanzara, 2014
Common Name
Type Locality Koladan [Kolodyne] River system, Palak River in the vicinity of Phurra Village, Mizoram, northeastern India, 22°03'15"N, 92°54'04"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. The specific name saginata comes from the Latin verb sagino, meaning to fatten, cram or to feast, in allusion to the relatively deep body of this species compared to all other congeners from the northeastern part of the Indian subcontinent.
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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.
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Distribution Known from the Palak, Sala and Tuisi rivers (all tributaries of the Kaladan River) in Mizoram, northeastern India.

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
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Furniture The type specimens were collected from a shallow stream with a moderate to strong current and a substrate of sand, pebble and rocks.
Suggested Tankmates As an indicator, other fish species associated with O.saginata include Badis spp., Rasbora rasbora, Garra spp, Glyptothorax chimtuipuiensis, G. caudimaculatus and Pseudolaguvia nubila.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Zootaxa 3821 (no. 2), pp 266, Figs. 1-3.
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Last Update 2019 Oct 27 03:59 (species record created: 2014 Jun 20 19:11)