Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Bagridae
Etymology: Mystus: Greek, mystax = whiskered, used by Belon in 1553 to describe all fishes with whiskers (Ref. 45335); nanus: The specific epithet nanus is a masculine noun meaning dwarf in Latin, in reference to its diminutive size when compared with Mystus vittatus.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
Asia: Sri Lanka.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 116163)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 11;
Vertebrae: 35. Mystus nanus can be diagnosed from all congeners from India and Sri Lanka except
M. bleekeri, M. carcio, M. tengara, and M. vittatus by having two distinct cream stripes along the entire length of the flank (vs. stripes absent on body). It is distinguished from the four named striped species by the combination of the following characters: eye diameter (19-22 % HL); maxillary barbel extending up to or slightly beyond origin of anal fin; distal margin of dorsal fin rounded; adipose-fin base length 25.3-31.4 % SL; serrae along posterior margin of pectoral fin 9-12; sclera blackish grey in preserved specimens; and posterior cranial fontanelle ending about one eye-diameter anterior to the base of the supraoccipital process (Ref. 116163).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Sudasinghe, H., R. Pethiyagoda, K. Maduwage and M. Meegaskumbura, 2016. Mystus nanus, a new striped catfish from Sri Lanka (Teleostei: Bagridae). Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 27(2):163-172. (Ref. 116163)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00794 (0.00362 - 0.01742), b=2.96 (2.78 - 3.14), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (25 of 100) .