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Scientific NameRita kuturnee  (Sykes, 1839)
Common NameDeccan Rita
Type LocalityDeccan, India.
Synonym(s)Arius hastatus, Phractocephalus kuturnee, Rita hastata
PronunciationREET ah - koo too er nee
EtymologyThe name Rita is derived from the local name of the fish. The specific epithet comes from the local name of the fish, 'katarnaa'. Most of Sykes species are named after regional/local species names.
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Size 260mm or 10.2" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationBagrid 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.

Palatal teeth in two slender crescentic bands and dorsal spine smooth anteriorly, except for a few serrations at the base.
SexingMales have an elongate genital papilla in front of the anal fin.
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DistributionPeninsular India from Deccan rivers up to Krishna river system.
Indian waters, Kaveri (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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, 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)
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IUCN Red List StatusLeast Concern
pH6.0 - 7.0
Temperature22.0-27.0°C or 71.6-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
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FeedingReadily eats all manner of live and prepared foods. Will eat smaller fishes.
FurnitureProvide plenty of driftwood as hiding places.
CompatibilityAlthough 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.
BreedingNot reported.
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ReferencesProc. Zool. Soc. Lond.1838 (pt 6) - pp164
Registered KeepersNone.
Breeding ReportsNone.
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Last Update2017 Jun 22 11:49 (species record created: 2003 May 27 00:00)