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Scientific Name Mystus pulcher  (Chaudhuri, 1911)
Common Name
Type Locality Bhamo close to Yunnan border, Upper Myanmar.
Synonym(s) Macrones pulcher
Pronunciation miss tuss - pool cherr
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. From the Latin pulcher, meaning beautiful; in reference to the attractive color pattern of this species.
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Size 67mm or 2.6" 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.

Distinguished by a long adipose fin and a pattern consisting of longitudinal stripes along the body, a dark spot in the humeral region and another at the base of the caudal peduncle.
Sexing Males have an elongate genital papilla in front of the anal fin.
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Distribution Asia: Myanmar and Thailand.
Myanmar 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.
pH 6.0 - 7.0
Temperature 20.0-27.0°C or 68-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
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Feeding Readily feeds on live/frozen foods and other prepared foods.
Furniture Provide plenty of driftwood and vegetation as hiding spaces.€
Compatibility A shoaling species that should be kept in small groups. Ideal tankmates include larger barbs and rasboras in an Asian biotope setup.
Breeding Not reported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Records of the Indian Museum (Calcutta) v. 6 (pt 1), pp 20, Pl. 1 (fig. 4).
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Last Update 2020 Sep 16 02:01 (species record created: 2001 May 03 00:00)