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Rama chandramara (Hamilton, 1822)

Image contributors to this species:

Allan James  (3) Adrian Taylor (2) Beta Mahatvaraj (3) Johnny Jensen's Photographic Library (4)

ScotCat Sources:

Factsheet Etymology = genus 

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory  Wikipedia


Relevant Information:

Body short, compressed, abdomen rounded. Head small, compressed. Snout obtusely rounded. Mouth subterminal, moderately wide. Eyes large, inferior (visible from below  ventral surface of the head). Jaws subequal. Lips thin, plain, may be fimbriated or with sensory pores. Teeth on jaws and palate in broad villiform bands. Four pairs of barbels; one each of maxillary, nasal and two of mandibular, all slender, shorter than head, may  be coloured. Caudal fin forked, lobes equal. Lateral line complete, with a few pores above pectoral fin base. Remarks: Females are heavier looking and the males are more slender and have an elongate genital papilla in front of the anus. Aquarium care: This  is not the easiest species to keep in the aquarium and can prove delicate. Good water quality  is a must to be able to enjoy this small Bagrid to the full. Tank decorations would be a planted aquarium with hiding places to make it feel more comfortable in its surroundings. Will be happier if you can keep them in groups of at least four as they will do better in their own company.

Common Name:

Hummingbird Catfish, Asian Cory


Pimelodus chandramara, Rama rama, Pimelodus rama, Leiocassis rama, Chandramara  chandramara




Asia: Base of eastern part of Himalaya, and Sarda River basin. Type locality: Atreyi River, India.


5.5cm. (2¼ins)


18-22°C (63-71°F)




Ng, H. H., The identity of Batasio tengana (Hamilton, 1822), with the description of two new species of Batasio from north-eastern India (Teleostei: Bagridae).

ScotCat Factsheet no. 136. October 2007.
Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.



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