month (October 2005) we welcome a new contributor
in Adrian Taylor of the Catfish
Study Group and an
avid fan of Asian cats, especially of the Sisoridae
family. I will now hand you over to Adrian for an
in depth look at the Bee Cat, Pseudolaguvia Shawi.
little fish are unassuming and do better when kept
in the cooler temperatures (21°C) and neutral
PH but generally they can cope with higher temperatures
and PH values from 6.5-7.4 as long as good water quality
is provided and maintained. Hiding places should be
provided but if a sand substrate is used they like
nothing better than to bury themselves in it leaving
nothing but their nasal barbels showing.
shawi until recently
was named as Laguvia shawi. Laguvia
is now no longer valid as it has been deemed an objective
junior synonym of Hara. (Ng, HH and M Kottelat,
cat, Asian mini bee cat
Glyptothorax shawi, Laguvia
Siliguri Terai and Sikkim in India. Reported from
The body of these fish is short
and compressed; the head is semicircular and broad.
They have four pairs of barbels, and a broad mouth,
the jaws are sub equal, and contain villiform teeth
in bands. The ventral surface of the body is corrugated
and has a faint V-shaped groove that forms a not easily
seen adhesive apparatus. However this is not as well
formed as it is in Glyptothorax. The dorsal
fin has five to six rays with a strong spine; and
is situated midway between the pectoral and ventral
fin’s. The adipose fin being small. The pectoral
fins have six to eight rays with a strong spine that
has five to six serrae on its outer edge and five
larger serrae on its inner edge. The caudal fin has
a slight crescent shape to it with rounded lobes.
The anal fin is short and has nine to ten rays and
the ventral fins having six rays to them.
The body is coloured in alternative
bands of brown and tan.The first band of brown starts
at the snout and continues to just behind the ventral
fins, and from that point to an area approximately
Just forward or level with the vertical between
the start of the adipose fin and the start of the
anal fin is a tan coloured band, from that point
to the vertical of the trailing edge of the said
fins is another band of brown; with another tan
coloured band from that point to the caudal peduncle.
There is a further band of brown that extends into
the first third of the caudal fin, the rest of the
caudal fin is tan to opaque in colour except the
ends of the fin which has a light brown crescent
like marking; although this may vary from specimen
to specimen. The other fins are coloured light to
dark brown with the tips of the pectoral fins being
dotted white to opaque.
Care & Compatibility
Keep with small non-aggressive
These fish do better when fed
with live food, such as grindal worms, bloodworms
top of the head, by the nostrils (nasal barbels). Serrae: Saw-like notches along an
Different name for the same fish. Villiform
teeth: Elongated cardiform teeth.
Pseudo-, false; i.e., although this genus may superficially
resemble several “closely allied” genera,
including Laguvia (a junior synonym of Erethistes),
such an appearance is false. shawi:
The species epithet shawi is in honour of
government quinologist (one who grows cinchona trees
for quinine, an early antimalarial) and naturalist
G. E. Shaw, who collected the type specimen.