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Hyalobagrus confusion
March 5, 2012
5:49 pm
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Jakub
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Hiya

As for a number of reasons I haven't got myself a tank yet I am venting some of the frustration doing 'research' and looking for new ideas (for a smaller tank). Currently I'm trying to gather some info on Hyalobagrus flavus - very interesting and, conveniently, small species that I could build a tank around.

However it seems there are at least 3 latin names (and common names too) for a fish of the same appeareance. SF lists a Hyalobagrus flavus as Shadow catfish, also mentioning that it is sold as Pelteobagrus ornatus. In Baensh Aquarium Atlas (3rd english edition, 2007) there is a Hyalobagrus ornatus (origin: Malaysia, Indonesia) a.k.a. Ornate bagrid and also a Leiocassis argentivittatus (origin: China) a.k.a. Silver-line bagrid.

A several months ago I saw a fish that could have been any of the three(?) in an aquatic shop - I think they had it listed as a Yellow glass catfish (?).

Could anyone explain how many species are there and what is likely to be available in trade?

March 6, 2012
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Matt
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Those three names refer to three different members of the family Bagridae as follows:

- Hyalobagrus flavus is the common species in the trade.

- Pelteobagrus ornatus is not currently valid and is synonymous with Hyalobagrus ornatus, with that name often applied incorrectly to H. flavus.

- Leiocassis argentivittatus is currently known as Tachysurus argentivittatus and is related to the above two but quite different-looking.

There's an article on Planet Catfish here which is well worth a read.

Cake or death?
March 6, 2012
3:08 pm
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Thanks for that Matt. In the meantime I have also come across this on the same subject.

I am also looking for sympatric species that could make good tankmates and came up with the list below but that's just based on region of origin. The only collection record I found is here and it wasn't that helpful...

Here is my list of candidates, anyway:

- Betta falx(?)
- Kottelatia brittani
- Kottelatlimia katik
- Pangio anguillaris
- Pangio malayana
- Pangio shelfordii
- Puntius lineatus
- Trigonostigma hengeli

Anyone aware of documented catches of flavus (and whatever was caught with it)?

Regards
Jakub

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