Scientific Name- Hara jardonii (Day, 1870)
Common Name- Stone catfish
Local Name- Gojta
Habits and habitat
It is found in the Ganga and Sone rivers and its branches of canals. It also lives in mountain stream and associated channels with gravel and rocky bottom. This species is reported in Rohtas, Buxar, Ara, Gaya, Aurangabad and Patna districts of Bihar.
Body is elongated dorsally compressed and ventral surface is flattened. It has yellow brownish colour with irregular dark marking and light yellow ventral surface. Dorsal fin is of uniformally dark colour with dusky except at the tip, adipose fill light yellow and dip spotted. Anal fin is brown with two dark bands. Pectoral fin is deep brown and hard, forked spine, pelvic fin and caudal fm are dark in colour.
Hara jardonii fish is carnivorous. It feeds on crustaceans, molluscans, aquatic insects and worms and it is slow but having curly movment. It is found in stone-cave to save from enemy and attached to substratum Hara jardonii fish freely moves in night and has four pairs of barbels and all are anulated.
- Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore