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Scientific Name Mystus cyrusi  Esmaeili, Sayyadzadeh, Zarei, Eagderi & Mousavi-Sabet, 2022
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Type Locality Qalatooyeh Spring, Kol River drainage, Qalatooyeh (Ghalatooye) village, Forg region, Darab city, Fars Province, Iran, 28°10'16.8"N, 55°14'42.5"E.
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Etymology The generic name is probably derived from the Latin mystax, meaning moustache, in reference to the long barbels. It was first used by Scopoli in 1777 making it a very old genus that has included many catfishes from throughout the world at one time or another. This species is named for Cyrus the Great, king of Persia.
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Identification Fishes of the genus Mystus Scopoli are small to medium-sized bagrid catfishes occurring in South Asia. Roberts (1994) recognized Mystus to have an elongate cranial fontanel reaching up to the base of the occipital process, long maxillary barbel, very long adipose fin, 11–30 gill rakers on the first gill arch and 37–46 total vertebrae, about equally divided between abdominal and caudal regions. He included only eight species under the genus. Mo (1991) characterized the genus to have a thin needle-like first infraorbital, twisted and thickened metapterygoid loosely attached to the quadrate by means of ligament or a small extent of cartilage. Jayaram & Sanyal (2003) and Ferraris (2007) respectively listed 44 and 33 species of Mystus as valid.
General Remarks In nature, Mystus cyrusi occurs in low numbers. Hence, care should be taken to conserve these populations. Drought and introductions of alien fishes, particularly Gambusia holbrooki and the Neotropical convict cichlid, Amatitlania nigrofasciata are major threats to this endemic fish species.
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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
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Feeding Easily adapts to a wide variety of frozen and prepared food in the aquarium. May eat very small fish. User data.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Zootaxa 5099 (no. 3), pp 327, Figs. 2-6.
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Last Update 2022 Nov 19 01:13 (species record created: 2022 Feb 16 02:55)