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Scientific Name Pseudomystus leiacanthus  (Weber & de Beaufort, 1912)
Common Name Bumblebee Catfish
Type Locality Kwantan(g) [Indragiri] River, Ringat [Rengat] and Taluk, Sumatra.
Synonym(s) Leiocassis leiacanthus
Pronunciation SUE doh MIST uss - lay ah kan thess
Etymology From the Greek pseudos, meaning lie, and mystus, a genus of bagrid catfishes. In reference to the overall similarity of the two genera. The specific epithet comes from the Greek leios, meaning smooth and akantha, meaning thorn; in reference to the smooth dorsal spine.
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Size 62mm or 2.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Members of the bagrid genus Pseudomystus are small- to mid-sized freshwater catfish endemic to Southeast Asia.Pseudomystus are commonly found in swamps and rivers throughout Southeast Asia. They can be differentiated from Leiocassis by a relatively short snout and a subterminal mouth. Many Pseudomystus have a color pattern of contrasting vertical bars or blotches.

Distinguished by the rounded caudal-fin lobes and short maxillary barbels (not longer than head).
Has sometimes been misidentified as P. rugosus.
Sexing Males are more slender and possess an elongate genital papilla in front of the anal fin.
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Distribution Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula
Pacific, Malaysia Waters, Peninsular Malaysia Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Pacific, Greater Sunda Island Rivers, Sumatra Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Singapore waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Least Concern
pH 5.6 - 6.6
Temperature 22.0-27.0°C or 71.6-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
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Feeding Readily feeds on live/frozen foods and other prepared foods such as pellets.
Furniture Provide plenty of driftwood in a heavily-planted tank.
Compatibility A peaceful, sociable species that is compatible with most fish. Ideal tankmates are other small Asian fish (barbs, rasboras, gouramies) in a biotope setup.
Breeding Not reported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Durch Zentral-Sumatra. Von Alfred Maass... Berlin. v. 2, pp 536 [15], Pl. 2 (figs. 1-1a).
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Last Update 2014 Jun 20 19:00 (species record created: 2006 Dec 24 11:44)