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Erethistoides sicula Ng, 2005

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Dorsal soft rays (total): 5 - 5; Anal soft rays: 10 – 11; Vertebrae: 29 – 31. Erethistoides sicula differs from both E. montana and E. pipri in having a longer caudal peduncle (19.6– 22.3% SL vs. 14.4–18.4) and shorter pectoral spine (14.6–28.0% SL vs. 30.7–32.1). It further differs from E. montana in having a dorsally projecting bony splint on the opercle immediately posterior to its articular facet with the hyomandibula (vs. splint absent; and from E. pipri in having a more slender head. These specimens pictured were collected at Mathabhanga in the Coochbehar District of West Bengal. Aquarium Care: A tank with a sandy bottom, rounded stones, pebbles and bogwood 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 Rasboras of the same small size will make good tankmates. Diet: Prefers live foods such as bloodworm, grindle worm and daphnia. Remarks: Ferraris (2007) stated that the Erethistidae be moved back into the Sisoridae family.

Common Name:







Asia: known from the Mansai River drainage, itself a tributary of the Brahmaputra River in northern West Bengal state in India .


4.0cm (1½ins)


18-24°C (63-75°F)




Ng, H. H. 2005 Erethistoides sicula, a new catfish (Teleostei: Erethistidae) from India. Zootaxa 1021:1-12
Adrian Taylor: pers.comm.



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