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Mystus vittatus

(Striped Catfish)


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Family : Bagrid catfishes ; Inhabits standing and flowing waters . Usually found among marginal vegetation in lakes and swamps with a mud substrate. Feeds on plants , shrimps, insects, mollusks and fish[1].

Common Names

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Common Names in Assamese:

Lal Tingara, Singorah

Common Names in Bengali:

Lal Tingara, Tengara, Tengra

Common Names in Bengali, Bangla:

Lal tingara, Tengara, Tengra

Common Names in Burmese:

Nga zin yaing kyet chay, Nga-Zin-Yaing-Kyet-Chay

Common Names in Danish:

Stribet Malle

Common Names in English:

Striped Catfish, Striped Dwarf Cat Fish, Striped Dwarf Catfish, Stripped Catfish

Common Names in Finnish:

Kultajuovamonni, Viherjuovamonni

Common Names in German:

Indischer Streifenwels, Kobaltwels, Streifenwels

Common Names in Hindi:

Kuggur, Palwa, Tengara

Common Names in Japanese:


Common Names in Kannada:

Chittu, Chittu girlu, Chittu-Girlu

Common Names in Khmer:

Trey Kanchos

Common Names in Laotian:

Pa Ka Gnen

Common Names in Malay:


Common Names in Malayalam:

Chillan, Ettachulli, Kallen coori, Kallen-Coori, Pandanchillan

Common Names in Mandarin Chinese:

条纹鳠, 條紋鱯

Common Names in Nepalese:


Common Names in Nepali:

Tengra, Ternger Kanti

Common Names in Oriya:


Common Names in Punjabi:


Common Names in Sinhalese:

Iri Ankutta

Common Names in Tamil:

Aupan keluthi, Aupan-Keluthi, Katta keletaa, Katta-Keletaa, Kattaikeletee, Kelaru, Natta kelattee, Natta-Kelattee, Nattukeletee, Sonan keluthi, Sonan-Keluthi, Sonanng Keletee

Common Names in Telugu:

Era jella, Era-Jella, Suku jella, Suku-Jella

Common Names in Thai:

Pla Kayeng, Pla Kayeng Kang Lai, Pla Sai Seng, ปลาแขยง, ปลาแขยงข$, ปลาแขยงข้างลาย, ปลาไสเซ้#, ปลาไสเซ้ง

Common Names in Urdu:

Kuggur, Muller

Common Names in Vietnamese:

Cá Ch?t s?c, Cá Chôt, Cá chot soc


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Typically found in a lake at a mean distance from sea level of -1,189.72 meters (-3,903.28 feet).[2]

Biome: Marine .

Ecology: This species inhabits a wide variety of freshwater habitats , including lakes , rivers and streams (Talwar and Jhingran 1991).[3].

List of Habitats:


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Aoria vittatus (Bloch • Bagrus vittatus (Bloch • Macrones vittatus (Bloch • Mystus atrifasciatus Fowler • Mystus vittatus vittatus (Bloch • Silurus vittatus Bloch


Name Status: Accepted Name .

Last scrutiny: Data last modified by FishBase 10-Jan-2003

Mystus vittatus was described from Tranquebar (Tharangambadi) in southeastern India (Bloch 1794). This species is thought to occur throughout the entire Indian subcontinent, but the conspecificity of populations throughout the subcontinent should be verified (H.H. Ng pers. comm. ).[3].

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Mystus

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 22 species and subspecies in this genus:

M. armatus (Kerala Mystus) · M. baramensis (Gangetic Mystus) · M. bleekeri (Day´s Mystus) · M. canarensis (Canara Mystus) · M. cavasius (Gangetic Mystus) · M. chitala (Thousand Dollar Knife Fish) · M. gulio (African Shovelnose Catfish) · M. horai (Krishna Mystus) · M. keletius (Keletius Mystus) · M. leucophasis (Sittang Mystus) · M. malabaricus (Jerdon´s Mystus) · M. micracanthus (Twospot Catfish) · M. montanus (Wynaad Mystus) · M. nemurus (Asian Redtail Catfish) · M. nigriceps (Two Spot Catfish) · M. oculatus (Sittang Mystus) · M. pulcher (Pulcher Mystus) · M. ramcarati (Frill-Tailed Golden Anchovy) · M. rufescens (Meetan Mystus) · M. seenghala (Stripped Dwarf Catfish) · M. tengara (Stripped Dwarf Catfish) · M. vittatus (Striped Catfish)

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Further Reading

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Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal March 02, 2008:



  1. Pethiyagoda, R. (1991). Freshwater fishes of Sri Lanka. The Wildlife Heritage Trust of Sri Lanka, Colombo. 362 p. [back]
  2. Standard Deviation = 2,444.830 based on 29 observations. Altitude information for each observation from British Oceanographic Data Centre. [back]
  3. Ng, H.H. 2010. Mystus vittatus. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. <>. Downloaded on 02 February 2012. [back]
Last Revised: 2015-02-06