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Scientific Name Pachypterus khavalchor  (Kulkarni, 1952)
Common Name
Type Locality Krishna River, near Islampur, Satara District and Panchaganga River, near Kolhapur, Maharashtra India.
Pronunciation khaa-val-chor.
Etymology "khaval" - scales ; "chor" - thief (in Marathi, a language spoken in Maharashtra, India). The name is in reference to the scale eating behaviour of this species.
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Size 150mm or 5.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
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Distribution Asia: Krishna river system in Maharashtra and middle Pennar River in Andhra Pradesh, India.
Indian waters, Andhra Pradesh State Waters, Krishna, Upper Krishna (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, Andhra Pradesh State Waters, Krishna, Upper Krishna, Panchaganga (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, Andhra Pradesh State Waters, Krishna, Tungabhadra (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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Feeding This species is a known scale-eating fish. It attacks its prey at night to tear of scales, then returns to eat the scales it dislodges.
Compatibility Given its scale-eating behavior, this species is probably a poor choice for a community tank.
Suggested Tankmates See notes in "Feeding" and "Compatibility.".
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Records of the Indian Museum (Calcutta) v. 49 (pts 3-4), pp 232, Fig. 1.
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Last Update 2019 Apr 24 10:49 (species record created: 2017 Jul 15 21:38)