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Scientific Name Pseudolaguvia shawi  (Hora, 1921)
Common Name Shaw's Bee Catfish
Type Locality Mahanadi R. below Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.
Synonym(s) Glyptothorax shawi, Laguvia shawi
Pronunciation sue doh lah GOO vee ah - shaw eye
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Size 30mm or 1.2" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Members of the genus Pseudolaguvia are small erethistid catfishes inhabiting hill streams and large rivers in the area bordered by the Ganges River drainage (northern India) to the west and the Sittang River drainage (east-central Myanmar) to the east. They can be distinguished from other sisorids by their small size,a combination of a thoracic adhesive apparatus with a median depression and prominent postcoracoid processes.

Pseudolaguvia shawi has two broad vertical bands on its body. P.shawi differs from P.riberoi in having smooth dorsal and pectoral fins with weak to no serrations.P.shawi differs from P.kapuri in having a shorter adipose fin base and from P.tuberculata in having the adipose fin not reaching (vs. reaching) the base of the dorsal fin ray.
Sexing Not known.
General Remarks The original description has a spelling mistake of the type river. The correct name for the river is Mahananda. Mahanadi is a different Indian river. There are 2 colour forms of Pseudolaguvia shawi available in the trade. One with a green base colour (the first picture in this data sheet) and another with a reddish/orange base colour.
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Distribution Asia: Darjeeling, Siliguri Terai and Sikkim in India. Reported from Bangladesh.
Indian waters, Sikkim State Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, Bengal Waters, West Bengal Waters, Darjeeling District Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, Arunachal Pradesh State 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 2009.
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Feeding Known to take only live food like blood worms, frozen brine shrimp etc. Spot feeding will help in case tank mates are voracious feeders. User data.
Furniture Pseudolaguvia shawi has been collected in streams in Arunachal Pradesh at an altitude of 600m. The stream was found to consist of boulders with a sandy / pebbly bottom.
Compatibility A peaceful species suitable for a hillstream biotope. Extreme care should be taken while choosing their tankmates as these fish are extremely poor at competing for food.
Suggested Tankmates Cyprinids like Barilius and Danio and Balitorine loaches like Homaloptera species.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Records of the Indian Museum (Calcutta) v. 22 (pt 5, no. 33), pp 740, Pl. 29 (fig. 2).
Registered Keepers There is no registered keeper.
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Last Update 2020 Sep 23 03:08 (species record created: 2004 Jul 11 00:00)