All Fishes Bagridae Mystus

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Scientific Name Mystus horai  Jayaram, 1954
Common Name Indus Catfish
Type Locality Indus River at Kalabagh, Pakistan.
Pronunciation miss tuss
Etymology The generic name is probably derived from the Latin mystax, meaning moustache, in reference to the long barbels. It was first used by Scopoli in 1777 making it a very old genus that has included many catfishes from throughout the world at one time or another. 
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Size 165mm or 6.5" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Fishes of the genus Mystus Scopoli are small to medium-sized bagrid catfishes occurring in South Asia. Roberts (1994) recognized Mystus to have an elongate cranial fontanel reaching up to the base of the occipital process, long maxillary barbel, very long adipose fin, 11–30 gill rakers on the first gill arch and 37–46 total vertebrae, about equally divided between abdominal and caudal regions. He included only eight species under the genus. Mo (1991) characterized the genus to have a thin needle-like first infraorbital, twisted and thickened metapterygoid loosely attached to the quadrate by means of ligament or a small extent of cartilage. Jayaram & Sanyal (2003) and Ferraris (2007) respectively listed 44 and 33 species of Mystus as valid.
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Distribution Asia: appears to be endemic to Pakistan. Has never been recorded since its original discovery.
Pakistan Waters, Indus (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
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Feeding Easily adapts to a wide variety of frozen and prepared food in the aquarium. May eat very small fish.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Records of the Indian Museum (Calcutta) v. 51 (pt 4), pp 536, Fig. 4; Pl. 19.
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Last Update 2020 Oct 16 09:56 (species record created: 2011 Sep 24 06:08)