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Horabagrus nigricollaris Pethiyagoda & Kottelat, 1994

Image contributors to this species:

Julian Dignall (1) Johnny Jensen's Photographic Library (3) Allan James (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Factsheet Etymology = genus Etymology = species 

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Search Google Wikipedia

Relevant Information:

Found in backwaters. Marketed live. Contributes to a local fishery during rainy season. The Horabagrus genera including H. brachysoma and H. nigricollaris were originally placed in the Bagridae family but work carried out by JAYARAM suggested that the Horabagrus were more closely related to the Schilbidae family but could be given their own family, Horabagridae, with some species taken out of the Schilbidae that are phylogenetically different. Aquarium Care: Will need a large tank with places to hide as they are extremely nocturnal and will only be seen sporadically during the day. Will eat most prepared foods and is an easy fish to keep as long as tankmates are not too small as they will eat small fish. Grows a bit smaller than its conspecific, H, brachystoma and has a different body colouration, plus it has a collar (hence common name) of black surrounded by white, whereas H. brachystoma has a spot instead.

Common Name:

Black Collared Catfish






Asia: India, Kerala, Chalakudy River, 26 km upstream of Chalakudy town, near  Vettilappara.


30cm. (12ins)


23-25°C (73-77°F)




Finley, Lee and Warren, Burgess E. An Atlas of Freshwater and Marine Catfishes:  UPDATE  t.f.h. Oct.1996:  p163-174.
Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.
K.C. Jayaram. 2006, Catfishes of India. Narendera Publishing House. 383p.
ScotCat Factsheet no. 127. Jan. 2007. 



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