Beta Mahatvaraj (3)
Original Source (1) Mostafa
Hossain (3) Andrew Rao (3)
Dorsal spines (total): 1; Dorsal soft rays (total):
6; Anal soft rays: 6. Lateral line ossicles 66-70;
pectoral spine with serrations on the anterior (27-29)
and posterior (6-15) edges. Can be differentiated
from Sisor chennuah and Sisor torosus
in having a more slender body (body depth at anus
5-5.4% vs. 5.6-7.8) and from Sisor rheophilus
in possessing a smaller eye (9.4-12.2% HL vs.
13.2-16.3) and a shorter snout (53.9-55.7% HL vs.
56.2-60.3). Reported to be the only Asian catfish
to have bony plates on the surface of the body. Aquarium
Care: A fine sandy substrate is very much
preferred, since these fish will spend a considerable
amount of time burrowing into the substrate. This
species is sensitive to temperature and oxygen levels,
so the water should be on the cool side and well-oxygenated,
preferably with a moderate to strong current. Additional
tank decor can be in the form of large driftwood and/or
In some literature the specific name is sometimes
spelt as rhabdophorus.
Indian Whiptail Catfish
River basin, West Bengal, India. Type locality:
Northern rivers of Bengal and Behar [now India: West
Bengal State, Bhagirathi River at crossing point between
Kalna (Barddhaman District) and Nisinghapur (Nadia
District) (23º13'33" N, 88º32'41.4"E).
Froese, R. and D. Pauly.
Editors. 2009. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic
publication. www.fishbase.org, version (01/2011).
Ng, H.H., 2003. A revision of the south Asian
sisorid catfish genus Sisor (Teleostei: Siluriformes).
J. Nat. Hist. 37:2871-2883. Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh.
Vol.23. Freshwater Fishes. Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.