Mystus tengara fish

Scientific Name-    Mystus tengara
(Hamilton, 1822)

Common Name-     tiger zebra catfish

Local Name-       tengara


Class Osteichthyes
Sub-Class Actinopterygii
Order Siluriformes
Family Bagridae
Sub family Mystus
Genus tengara
Species Osteichthyes


Habits and habitat

Mystus tengara fish is found in ponds, tanks, floodplain area, beels, chaurs and ditches. It occurs in Sone, Ganga rivers and canals. Inhabits in flowing water system also found in standing water with macrophytes and sandy & muddy bottom.


Salient features

Body is elongated delicate greenish to bright yellow in colour. brown. Body of the flanks and belly are silvery white. The fish is having 4-5 dark brownish to greenish black bars on lateral side which taper remarkably posteriorly and eventually disappear. A dark black line over the pectoral fin often indistinct and other fins are hyalin light brown. It is carnivorous and moderate mover and feeds on insects, larvae, worms, crustaceans, small fishes.

It breeds in May- June and pre monsoon season and attains a length of 9-1 0 ern also available at maximum 16cm. This fish is used as food but aquarist like it as ornamental fish. Back is slightly darker, usually pale.



  • central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore


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