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Mystus tengara (Hamilton, 1822)

Image contributors to this species:

Hayath (2) Native Fishes of Bangladesh (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Factsheet Etymology = Genus Etymology = species

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

Found in flowing and standing waters. Adults inhabit rivers and ponds in plains and submontane regions. Oviparous, distinct pairing possibly like other members of the same family. Often mistaken for the smaller M. carcio and M. vittatus but vittatus has a longer median groove and the stripes are more prominent . It has also a low head and body and M. tengara occurs mostly in the northern parts of India. Colour: Light brown on top turning dull yellow on sides and beneath. About five parallel longitudinal stripes on either side of body present. Occasionally a dark shoulder spot may also be seen.

Common Name:

Pyjama catfish


Macrones tengara, Mystus tengra, Pimelodus carcio, Pimelodus tengara




Asia: Pakistan, India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Reported from Afghanistan


10cm. (4ins)


22-28°C (71-83°F)




Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2009. FishBase.World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (07/2009).
Jayaram, K.C. Catfishes of India, Narendera Publishing House (India) 383 p
ScotCat Factsheet no.162. Dec. 2009.



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