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Scientific Name Batasio fluviatilis  (Smith, 1931)
Common Name
Type Locality Klong Thalerng near Ban Pon Phibun, Malay Peninsula, Thailand
Synonym(s) Batasio havmolleri, Mystus havmolleri, Mystus stigmaturus
Pronunciation bah tah see oh - floo vee ah till uss
Etymology The genus name comes from the local (Bengali) name of the fish (batasio or batashi). 
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Size 72mm or 2.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification The bagrid genus Batasio Blyth comprises of small, laterally compressed catfishes distributed in South and Southeast Asia, diagnosed from its confamilials in having large sensory pores on the head, a narrow mental region, a pair of posteriorly-directed processes on the anterior part of vomer, a transversely-elongated bar-like entopterygoid, and the metapterygoid in close contact with the quadrate but free from the hyomandibular (Mo, 1991).

Easily distinguished by its pattern of a dark pre-dorsal bar and a spot below the middle of the adipose-fin base. Juvenile fish have a pattern of vertical bars.
Sexing Males have an elongate genital papilla in front of the anal fin.
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Distribution Malay Peninsula.
Pacific, Malaysia Waters, Peninsular Malaysia Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Least Concern
pH 6.0 - 7.0
Temperature 16.0-22.0°C or 60.8-71.6°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Current preferred.
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Feeding Shows a marked preference for live/frozen food.
Furniture Provide plenty of rocks as hiding places.
Compatibility Peaceful, somewhat delicate fish that should be kept in small groups of 3-4 individuals. Best kept in a well-oxygenated tank with a vigorous current. Ideal tankmates include balitorine loaches such as Homaloptera, and fast-swimming cyprinids such as Danio or Barilius .
Suggested Tankmates Peaceful Cyprinids like Puntius or Oreichthys and Balitorine loaches like Schistura or Nemacheilus species.
Breeding Has reproduced in the aquarium.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References The fishes of India Suppl., pp 805.
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Last Update 2014 Jun 09 09:32 (species record created: 2002 Mar 05 00:00)