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  • Pseudolaguvia muricata
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Scientific NamePseudolaguvia muricata  Ng, 2005
Common NameTiger Bee Cat
Type LocalitySylhet District, Rangapani Khal (creek), 6 kilometers north-northwest of Sylhet-Shillong highway, 25°10'N, 92°06'E, Bangladesh.
Pronunciationsue doh lah GOO vee ah - mew ree caata
EtymologyFrom the Latin muricata, meaning spiny (like a murex), in reference to the elongate dorsal and pectoral-fin spines of this species. Used as an adjective.
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Size 26mm or 1" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationMembers 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 muricata differs from congeners in having longer dorsal (21.2–26.7% SL vs. 14.3–21.7) and pectoral (26.8–35.7% SL vs. 15.9–23.3) spines. It can be further distinguished from P. foveolata in having a thoracic adhesive apparatus reaching beyond (vs. not reaching) the base of the last pectoral-fin ray, a shorter caudal peduncle(12.6–15.7% SL vs. 20.7) and fewer vertebrae (28–30 vs. 33); P. kapuri in having a shorter adipose-fin base (12.3–16.1% SL vs. 17.1–18.8); from P. ribeiroi in having a shorter caudal peduncle (12.6–15.7% SL vs. 16.4–18.2); and from P. inornata in having (vs.lacking) light brown patches on the body and a shorter caudal peduncle (12.6–15.7% SL vs. 16.3–19.0). Pseudolaguvia muricata further differs from P. shawi in lacking a color pattern of strongly contrasting brown and yellow bands and a larger interorbital distance (31.4–36.7% HL vs. 23.4–29.6); from P. tenebricosa in having a shorter caudal peduncle (12.6–15.7% SL vs. 16.9–18.9); and from P. tuberculata in having a shorter adipose-fin base (12.3–16.1% SL vs. 16.8–22.7) and caudal peduncle (12.6–15.7% SL vs. 16.2–20.1).
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DistributionAsia: Brahmaputra River drainage in Bangladesh.
Indian waters, North Eastern India Waters, Padma, Jamuna, Brahmaputra (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List StatusData Deficient
Other ParametersThe water should be cool and heavily oxygenated with a good flow as these fish occur in hill streams. Anything above 25 C will hamper long term survival as these fish tend to wither away at higher temperatures.
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FeedingKnown to take only live food like blood worms, frozen brine shrimp etc. Spot feeding will help in case tank mates are voracious feeders.
FurnitureFine sand for the bottom and smooth pebbles / rocks. The type locality of P. muricata is a clear, shallow, slow-flowing stream with a mixed substrate of sand and detritus, with the fish being found amongst detritus in areas with current.
CompatibilityA 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 TankmatesCyprinids like Barilius and Danios and Balitorine loaches like Homaloptera species. Other fish species found in the same habitat include Barilius barna ,Barilius bendelisis,Barilius tileo ,Devario devario , Oreichthys cosuatis ,Psilorhynchus sucatio, Lepidocephalichthys guntea ,Acanthocobitis botia,Schistura corica,Schistura savona,Amblyceps mangois , Mystus bleekeri , Olyra longicaudata ,Conta conta , Hara jerdoni , Pseudolaguvia ribeiroi, Pseudolaguvia shawi , Aplocheilus panchax ,Xenentodon cancila , Microphis deocata , Chanda nama, Parambassis baculis ,Parambassis ranga ,Channa gachua , Ctenops nobilis , Badis badis , Nandus nandus , Glossogobius giuris , Mastacembelus pancalus and Tetraodon cutcutia .
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ReferencesZootaxa No. 1044, pp41, Fig. 3 "Two new species of Pseudolaguvia (Teleostei: Erethistidae) from Bangladesh Heok Hee Ng"
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Breeding ReportsNone.
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Last Update2014 Jan 19 04:34 (species record created: 2009 Feb 26 15:53)