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Scientific NameAkysis prashadi  Hora, 1936
Common NamesIndawgyi Stream Catfish
Prashad's Catfish
Type LocalityIndawgyi Lake and round about Kamaing in the Myitkyina dist., Upper Myanmar [Burma].
Synonym(s)Akysis variegatus
Pronunciationack EYE siss - prah shard ee
EtymologyFrom the Greek a, meaning without and kystis, meaning bladder; in reference to the lack of a swimbladder. Named after the Indian ichthyologist, B. Prashad.
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Size 62mm or 2.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationFishes of the genus Akysis are small species (typically not larger than 50mm SL) with tuberculate skin and a cryptic color pattern generally consisting of yellow patches or bands on a brown body. They have a distribution ranging from the Irrawaddy River drainage to the west, the Citarum River drainage to the east and south and the Lancanjiang (upper Mekong) drainage to the north.

Many species of Akysis are not easy to identify, but this is one of the few species that have been imported into the aquarium trade.

One of the larger species of Akysis distinguished by the lack of serrations on the posterior edge of the pectoral spine (though this character is not unique to this species).
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DistributionIrrawaddy river drainage in Myanmar.
Myanmar Waters, Irrawaddy (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List StatusLeast Concern
pH6.4 - 7.2
Temperature16.0-22.0°C or 60.8-71.6°F (Show species within this range)
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FeedingReadily feeds on most foods, but live or frozen food is preferred.
FurnitureRocks or driftwood to partially deflect the current and for the fish to hide in. Some vegetation or leaf litter also ideal.
CompatibilityIdeal tankmates include balitorine loaches such as Homaloptera, fast-swimming cyprinids such as Danio or Barilius, and smaller mastacembelids.
BreedingNot reported.
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ReferencesRec. Indian Mus. (Calcutta)v. 38 (pt 2) - pp200 - Figs. 1, 2(b-c)
Registered Keepers(1) Silurus, (2) Whiskerbreed, (3) Högö (k: 9), (4) ModmanQ6, (5) Dinyar, (6) doesdavid, (7) fischkringli, (8) scotty105 (k: 4), (9) dragonphish, (10) Junttis (k: 3), (11) kruseman, (12) eric2122, (13) Floody (k: 4), (14) RedLiz (k: 2), (15) dmcat (p: 2, k: 9).

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Breeding ReportsNone.
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Last Update2013 Jul 19 18:48 (species record created: 2005 Apr 12 00:00)