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  • Pterocryptis barakensis
  • Pterocryptis barakensis
  • Pterocryptis barakensis
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Scientific Name Pterocryptis barakensis  Vishwanath & Nebeshwar Sharma, 2006
Common Name
Type Locality Barak River at Vanchengphai Village,Tamenlong District,Manipur,India.
Pronunciation Terr oh krip tiss - bar aak en sis
Etymology The generic name comes from the Greek pteron, meaning fin, and kryptos, meaning hidden; in reference to the small dorsal fin. This species is named after its type locality, the Barak River.
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Identification Catfishes of the genus Pterocryptis Peters, 1861, are medium sized members of the Siluridae usually found in fast flowing mountain streams throughout India, southern China and Southeast Asia. Pterocryptis had been considered a junior synonym of Silurus Linnaeus, 1758, until its rediagnosis by Bornbusch (1991). There are 16 nominal species of Pterocryptis (Ng & Freyhof, 2001). They can be distinguished from other siluroids by having a small dorsal fin,upper jaw longer than lower jaw and a confluent anal and caudal fin with a distnct notch between them.

Pterocryptis barakensis is distinguished from P. berdmorei(Blyth) and the other known species of the genus from the Indian region in having a longer caudal fin, distinct sensory pores, serration pattern on posterior edges of anterior and posterior segments of the pectoral spine, rounded tip and colour of pectoral and ventral fins.
Sexing Males are different from females in having pointed and elongated genital papilla vs. rounded one; posteriorly granulated pectoral spine vs. smooth one; shorter caudal-fin base, pectoral-fin base, caudal peduncle; shallower body; shorter pre-anal length and mandibular barbel length.
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Distribution Barak River at Vanchengphai Village,Tamenlong District,Manipur,India.
Indian waters, North Eastern India Waters, Padma, Ganges, Meghna, Surma, Barak (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Endangered
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Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Catfishes of India, pp 99, Pl. 5 (fig. 2).
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Last Update 2019 Oct 26 07:30 (species record created: 2012 Jul 20 13:02)