|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Batasio batasio (Hamilton, 1822)|
|Type Locality||Tista R., n. Bengal.|
|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).|
|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.|
|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 Status||Least Concern|
|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.|
|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 Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||Fishes Ganges - pp179, 377 - Pl. 23 (fig. 60)|
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|Last Update||2005 Jul 02 00:00 (species record created: 2002 Oct 02 00:00)|