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Erethistes hara (Hamilton 1822)

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Steven Grant (2)

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Relevant Information:

Pectoral spine shorter (1.05-1.08) than head length. Occipital process, cleithral process, scapular process all prominent and naked. Humeral process prominent on ventral side. 4 pairs of barbels. Rayed dorsal fin with 5 or 6 rays and a spine. The colour is a combination of brown and cream vertical bands after the posterier of dorsal fin. Maxillary & mandibular barbels with alternative blackish/brown bands. Aquarium Care: Try and buy a group of them as they will prosper better in their own company than singularly. Furnish a small aquarium with sand, rockwork and driftwood with plenty of hiding places. Keep up with the regular water changes, keeping the water temperature in the mid seventies, as they can take cooler water, but will struggle if it rises into the eighties. So basically we have a cool water catfish here. You don't need a powerful filter to chase the water around the tank just normal water movement from an internal power filter will suffice. Diet: They are not fussy feeders and can be fed a healthy diet of worm foods such as frozen bloodworm and tubifex and also tablet food at lights out, as this is the time of day that they become active. Remarks: There are some publications that still sight this species as Hara hara. Erethistes hara was named due to a paper published in 2006 by Ichthyologists Alfred W Thompson & Lawrence M. Page of the Florida Museum of Natural History. Ferraris (2007) also stated that the Erethistidae be moved back into the Sisoridae family. This species is still listed as Hara hara in Fishbase but this name is treated as a synomyn in The Catalog of Fishes.

Common Name:

Moth Catfish


Glyptothorax asperus, Hara buchanani, Hara filamentosa, Erethistes hara, Hara saharsai, Laguvia  asperus, Pimelodus asperus, Pimelodus hara, Hara hara.




Asia: India, Nepal and Myanmar. Reported from Bangladesh


12.0cm. (4¾ins)


12-25°C (51-77°F)




ScotCat Factsheet no. 88. October. 2003.
Adrian Taylor: pers. comm.
Thomson, A.W. and L.M. Page 2006 Genera of the Asian catfish families Sisoridae and Erethistidae (Teleostei: Siluriformes). Zootaxa 1345:1-96.



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