Chris Ralph (1) Jeff Wood
(4) Adrian Taylor (6) Andrew
Habitat:Occurs mainly in hill streams and muddy parts
of rivers overgrown with vegetation. In Ferraris 2007,
Erithistes has been moved back to its original
placement in the Sisoridae family which had been moved
there by de Pinna in 1996, along with Conta,
Erethistoides, Hara and Pseudolaguvia.
Still listed in Fishbase and Eshmeyer's Catalog
of Fishes as Erethistes pusillus and in the
Erethistidae family (2010). Thomson and Page 2006
still recognise Erethistidae. At the present moment
(Jan. 2010) there are still conflicting views on this
species and family but we at ScotCat are at the moment
(2021) still keeping it and the Erithistidae family
until further scientific work is carried out on this
poorly documented genera and family. Aquarium
Care: A tank with a sandy bottom and rounded
stones and pebbles with a good water flow as befits
an asian hillstream setup. Good water quality is a
must for this family. Keep the water temperature on
the cool side of a tropical aquarium. Tank mates such
as the zebra danio (Brachydanio rerio) and
asian fish of the same small size will make good tankmates.
Diet: Prefers live foods such as
bloodworm, grindle worm and daphnia. Remarks:
Eschmeyer's Catalog of Fishes has placed this species
in the Sisoridae family.
Erethistes hara, Erethistes
Asia: India, Ganges
River basin, Assam. Type locality:
Ferraris, C.J. Jr.,
2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628. Thomson A.W. & Page L.M. 2006.
Genera of the Asian Catfish Families Sisoridae and
Erethistidae (Teleostei: Siluriformes) Zootaxa 1345:
1–96. Adrian Taylor: pers.comm.