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  • Bagarius rutilus
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Scientific Name Bagarius rutilus  Ng & Kottelat, 2000
Common Name Banded Goonch
Type Locality Market in Hanoi, Viet Nam.
Pronunciation bag are ee uss
Etymology Bagarius: From the Bengali name of the fish (Vaghari). 
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Size 1000mm or 39.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Can be differentiated from its congeners in the combination of following characters: skin heavily keratinized, cranium and interneural covered with numerous large, elongate tubercles, supraoccipital and interneural without sharp ridges, skin above neural spines anterior and posterior to adipose fin never forming distinct ridges, slender elongate neural spines, elliptical eyes, body depth at anus 11.0-12.3 %SL, head width 20.3-21.7 %SL, snout length 51.4-54.7 %HL, eye diameter 4.1-8.1 %HL; 12-13 pectoral-fin rays; caudal fin with 8-9 rays; 23-24 preanal vertebrae; adipose fin with short base and angular dorsal margin; dark yellow on dorsal and lateral surfaces of head and body, fading to light yellow on ventral region; dorsal surfaces of head and body with three darkly pigmented (brown) bands or blotches; a few small brown spots irregularly distributed throughout lighter parts of body; light yellow fins with a variable pattern of small brown spots distributed irregularly, orange fins in life. Adipose origin in front or above anal fin origin; longitudinal diameter of eye 12-24 times in HL.
Sexing Unknown.
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Distribution Asia: Nam Xam and Nam Ma basins in Laos and Red River basin in Viet Nam and Yunnan, China.
Red River (Asia) (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Laos Waters, Nam Ma (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Laos Waters, Nam Xam (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Data Deficient, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2011.
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Compatibility Reports exist of very anti-social behaviour amongst these fish in captivity so introduce other (large) fishes with extreme care.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Journal of South Asian Natural History v. 5 (no. 1), pp 10, Fig. 3.
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Last Update 2019 Sep 14 03:45 (species record created: 2006 Sep 26 08:06)