Mystus atrifasciatus Fowler, 1937
Mystus atrifasciatus
photo by James, A.

Family:  Bagridae (Bagrid catfishes)
Max. size:  15 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; freshwater
Distribution:  Asia: Mekong, Chao Phraya and Meklong basins.
Diagnosis:  Vertebrae: 36-39. Has 3 faint dark and 2 whitish stripes on the sides; adipose fin longer than anal fin and almost contiguous with the dorsal fin; eyes not visible when head is viewed from below (Ref. 27732). Cranial fontanel extends posteriorly to about midway between posterior rim of eye and supraoccipital process (Ref. 12693).
Biology:  Adults inhabit rivers, streams and reservoirs. Feed mainly on crustaceans and zooplankton along with small bits of algae and fish scales. May forage in schools like the other small striped species of Mystus. Move into floodplains during periods of high water and is often found in places with submerged woody vegetation. Oviparous, distinct pairing possibly like other members of the same family (Ref. 205). Usually marketed fresh and may also be sold smoked (Ref. 12693).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 20 February 2011 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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