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Scientific Name Rita chrysea  Day, 1877
Common Name Mahanadi Rita
Type Locality Orissa, India [revised to Cuttack, Anaicut on River Mahanadi].
Pronunciation REET ah
Etymology The name Rita is derived from the local name of the fish. The specific epithet comes from the Greek chrysos, meaning gold, in reference to the color.
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Size 195mm or 7.7" 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.

Eye large (30-40% HL), palatal teeth in large quadrangular patch covering most of palate, dorsal spine serrated.
Sexing Males have an elongate genital papilla in front of the anal fin.
General Remarks The type locality has been revised to Cuttack, Anaicut on the River Mahanadi.
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Distribution Asia: Mahanadi river system in Orissa and Madhya Pradesh, India.
Indian waters, Mahanadi (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)
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Feeding Readily eats all manner of live and prepared foods. Will eat smaller fishes. User data.
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.
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Reference The fishes of India Part 3, pp 455, Pl. 104 (fig. 1).
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Last Update 2020 Sep 20 04:38 (species record created: 2003 Sep 01 00:00)