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  • Batasio batasio
  • Batasio batasio
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Scientific Name Batasio batasio  (Hamilton, 1822)
Common Name
Type Locality Tista River, northern Bengal, India.
Synonym(s) Gagata batasio, Pimelodus batasio
Pronunciation bah tah see oh - bah tah see oh
Etymology The genus name comes from the local (Bengali) name of the fish (batasio or batashi). 
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Size 100mm or 3.9" 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 compressed body, short barbels, pale yellow body with a black midlateral stripe.
Sexing Males have an elongate genital papilla in front of the anal fin.
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Distribution Ganges River drainage in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.
Indian waters, North Eastern India Waters, Padma, Ganges (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2009.
pH 6.0 - 7.0
Temperature 18.0-25.0°C or 64.4-77°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 Not reported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference An account of the fishes found in the river Ganges, pp 179, 377, Pl. 23 (fig. 60).
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Last Update 2019 Sep 25 13:09 (species record created: 2002 Oct 02 00:00)