Amblyceps mangois (Hamilton, 1822)
Indian torrent catfish
Baljung,  Bokshi Macho,  Catfish
Amblyceps mangois
photo by Greco, F.M.

Family:  Amblycipitidae (Torrent catfishes)
Max. size:  12.5 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Asia: Pakistan to Thailand.
Diagnosis:  Differs from A. mucronatum, A. murraystuarti, A. platycephalus, A. foratum and A. variegatum in having a relatively short body with 34-36 (versus 38-40) vertebrae, and a caudal fin with upper and lower lobes fo distinctly different shapes (versus truncate caudal fin in A. murraystuarti and with both lobes similar in shape in other Indochinese species). Pectoral spine smooth (Ref. 37785).
Biology:  Occurs in pebbly beds in swift currents at the base of hills (Ref. 4833). Found among rocks and boulders on the bottom of fast flowing upland streams. Diet consists of aquatic insects. Not seen in markets (Ref. 12693).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 01 October 2009 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Found in the mainstreams and tirbutaries of Gandaki, Koshi and Karnali. Preserved in temple ponds and worshipped as a Fish Goddess. Used in folk medicine and as ornamental fish by Buddhists. Considered endangered (Ref. 12045). Also Ref. 6351, 40948, 57735.


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