Amblyceps mangois (Hamilton, 1822).
Amblyceps mangois is found across the Himalayan foothills of Northern India, and down through Bangladesh, Myanmar and Thailand. Although it has to be mentioned that it may well prove that some of the early reports that contribute to their range, may well prove to be another or an entirely new species when closer examination is made. Amblyceps mangois differs from recent discoveries Amblyceps foratum, Ng & Kottelat, 2000. Amblyceps platycephalus, Ng & Kottelat, 2000. and Amblyceps variegatum, Ng & Kottelat, 2000. insomuch as it is shorter of body and that the caudal fin lobes are considerably different and not truncated or equally emarginate.
Like most of this genus Amblyceps mangois are found in fast flowing rivers and streams usually around where the water moves fastest, and they will predate upon anything that they can fit into their mouths; and therefore it is advised that they should be kept with fish that are of the same size or larger and are ones that can cope with quite a strong current or turbulent water in the aquarium, as although they can handle quite still waters they are at their best when strong currents and eddies are used in their aquarium.
A substrate of rounded gravel, pebbles and stones along with a piece or two of bog wood into which they can retire amongst and having a strong current would make an ideal habitat for these loach like catfish.
Feeding, is unproblematic as these catfish readily eats all kinds or prepared commercial and frozen foods. However; they benefit from regular feedings of live foods such as bloodworms, white worms and small earthworms.
Main photograph curtesy of Beta Mahatraraj