Mystus vittatus   (Bloch,  1794) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Max size: 21.0 cm SL.

Color: Color in life varies with age; generally delicate gray-silvery to shining golden, with several (about 5) pale blue or dark brown to deep black longitudinal bands on side. A narrow dusky spot often present on the shoulder. The fins glass, with dark tips.

Dorsal spines (total): 1; Dorsal soft rays (total): 6 - 7; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 12 - 13; Vertebrae: 31 - 37. Body elongate and slightly compressed. Maxillary barbels extending beyond the pelvic fins, often to the end of the anal fin. Dorsal spine weak, finely serrated on its inner edge. Adipose fin small, inserted much behind rayed dorsal fin but anterior to the anal fin.

Dioecious, external fertilization, oviparous, non-guarders, open water/substratum egg scatterers. Makes sounds during spawning.

Synonym (s)
Aoria vittatus Deraniyagala, 1932
Bagrus vittatus Jerdon, 1849
Macrones marianensis Chaudhuri, 1913
Mystus(Mystus) vittatus Jayaram, 1954
Mystus(Mystus) vittatus vittatus Misra, 1976
Mystus vittatus Hora, 1937
Silurus vittatus Bloch, 1797
Silurus vittatus Bloch, 1785
Aoria vittatus (Bloch, 1794)
(Senior synonym)
Bagrus vittatus (Bloch, 1794)
(Senior synonym)
Macrones marianensis (non Chaudhuri, 1913)
(Misapplied name)
Macrones merianiensis (non Chaudhuri, 1913)
(Misapplied name)
Macrones vittatus (Bloch, 1794)
(Senior synonym)
Mystus atrifasciatus (non Fowler, 1937)
(Misapplied name)
Mystus vittatus vittatus (Bloch, 1794)
(Senior synonym)
Pimelodus carcio (non Hamilton, 1822)
(Misapplied name)
Silurus vittatus Bloch, 1794
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Singorah
• Tingara
• Singarah
• Striped Dwarf Cat Fish (English)
• Striped Mystus (English)
• Iri Ankutta (Sinhala)
• Hiri Ankutta (Sinhala)
• Erra Jella (Telugu)
• Suku Jella (Telugu)
• Kuntiah
• Tengra
• Chittu Girlu (Kannada)
• Chillan (Malayalam)
• Ettachulli (Malayalam)
• Kallen Coori (Malayalam)
• Pandanchillan (Malayalam)
• Kuntia (Oriya)
• Kabakander (Punjabi)
• Aupan Keluthi (Tamil)
• Katta Keletaa (Tamil)
• Kattaikeletee (Tamil)
• Kelaru (Tamil)
• Natta Kelattee (Tamil)
• Nattukeletee (Tamil)
• Lal tingara (Assamese)
• Lal Tingara (Bengali)
• Tengara (Bengali)
• Kuggur (Hindi)
• Palwa (Hindi)
• Tengara (Hindi)
• Chittu (Kannada)
• Sonan Keluthi (Tamil)
• Sonanng Keletee (Tamil)
• Era Jella (Telugu)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries and aquarium)

Habitat:  Estuarine
Prey:  Plants, shrimps, insects, mollusks and fish.


• Maharashtra, Uran Khadi INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA
• West Bengal, Hugli Matla Estuary INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA (Record: 1948-1950)
• West Bengal, Bangaon, Ichhamati River INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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