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Scientific Name Mystus catapogon  Plamoottil, 2016
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Type Locality Small water stream at Mavelikkara, Kerala, India.
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. The specific epithet 'catapogon' is from the Greek word meaning 'long-bearded' and refers to the invariably long maxillary and mandibular barbels of this species.
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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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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 Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Journal of Research in Biology v. 6 (no. 2), pp 1968, Figs. 1-3.
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Last Update 2022 Nov 15 01:22 (species record created: 2016 May 26 12:01)