Botia rostrata Günther, 1868
Gangetic loach
Botia rostrata
photo by Janiczak, B.J.

Family:  Botiidae (Pointface loaches), subfamily: Botiinae
Max. size:  25 cm NG (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; freshwater
Distribution:  Asia: India and Bangladesh. Recorded from the Salween and Irrawaddy basin in China, adjacent to the Burmese border (Ref. 12041). Comparison with Indian topotypical specimens is needed.
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Occurs in hill streams (Ref. 4832) and mainstream rivers (Ref. 58784). A carnivorous species which feeds on insect larvae and benthic organisms (Ref. 58784).
IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU); Date assessed: 06 October 2009 (A2cd) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:   
 

Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 31.07.96
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 31.08.18

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