|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Rita gogra (Sykes, 1839)|
|Common Name||Velvet Catfish|
|Type Locality||Deccan, India.|
|Synonym(s)||Arius pivamentatus, Phractocephalus gogra, Rita pavimentata, Rita pavimentatus|
|Pronunciation||REET ah - gow gra|
|Etymology||The name Rita is derived from the local name of the fish. The name is derived from the local name of the fish, 'gograa' in Maharshtra and 'gograe' in Karnataka. Most of Sykes species are named after regional/local species names.|
|Size||260mm or 10.2" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Bagrid catfishes of the genus Rita Bleeker, 1854 are found in large rivers throughout the
Indian subcontinent and Myanmar, and are capable of reaching sizes to 1500 mm TL (Talwar
and Jhingran, 1991), although mature specimens of ca. 200-300 mm SL are more commonly encountered. The genus is diagnosed by the following synapomorphies (Mo,
1991): single pair of mandibular barbels, elongated Weberian apparatus firmly sutured to
the basioccipital, and the sensory canal on the posttemporal enclosed within the bone.
Distinguished by its large eyes, purplish gray color, top of head covered by thick muscle, and vomerine teeth in two broad ovoid patches.
|Sexing||Males have an elongate genital papilla in front of the anal fin.|
|Distribution||Asia: rivers of Deccan up to the Krishna river system in India.
Indian waters, Andhra Pradesh State Waters, Krishna (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, Andhra Pradesh State Waters, Krishna, Tungabhadra (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, Ken (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, Karnataka State Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, Andhra Pradesh State Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, Madhya pradesh waters (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 2010.|
|pH||6.0 - 7.0|
|Temperature||22.0-27.0°C or 71.6-80.6°F (Show species within this range)|
|Feeding||Readily eats all manner of live and prepared foods. Will eat smaller fishes.|
|Furniture||Provide plenty of driftwood as hiding places.|
|Compatibility||Although a fairly peaceful fish, it will eat smaller tankmates and is therefore best kept only with large, robust fishes. Larger cyprinids (e.g.Osteochilus) and larger spiny eels (Mastacembelus) are ideal tankmates.|
|Breeding||Not reported in the aquarium.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|Reference||Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1838 (pt 6) (for 27 Nov. 1838), pp 164.|
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|Last Update||2020 Sep 20 04:38 (species record created: 2002 Oct 02 00:00)|