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Species Katria katria  
Scientific classification
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Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Chordata
Class : Actinopterygii
Order : Perciformes
Suborder : Labroidei
Family : Cichlidae
Sub Family : Etroplinae
Genus : Katria
Morphometric Data
Total Length (inches)
Standard Length (inches)
Measurements as a % of Standard Length
Fork _length
Pre_ anal _length
Pre dorsal_length
Pre_ pelvic_length
Body_ depth
Eye diameter (HL)
Pre_orbital_length (HL)
Snout_ length
Inter orbital_width (HL)
Pre orbital_depth (HL)
Caudal _peduncle_depth
Caudal _peduncle_length
Pectoral _fin_length
Pelvic_ fin_length
Length _of_last_ dorsal_ fin_spine
Scientific Name : Katria katria
Common Name :
Geo Origin : AFRICA, Other African, Africa: Madagascar.
Conservation Status : Vulnerable
Diet :
Gender Differences : Dimorphic
Breeding : Substrate Spawner
Temperament : Mildly aggressive
Con specific Temperament : Highly aggessive
Standard Length : 5.1"
Total Length : 5.1"
Water Hardness:
Difficulty : 4


Katria katria is a medium sized fish and it is the only member of its genus.

It has a standard length of 5."

It is found in Mangoro and Nosivolo Rivers in east-central Madagascar.

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Katria katria was first described by Reinthal & Stiassny, 1997 as Ptychochromoides katria.

Subsequently on the basis of molecular analysis and other feature Sparks and Smith assigned it to the new genus Katira.

It is the only member of its genus.

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Katria reaches a length of about 5.1 " (SL).

Katria katria has 14-15 dorsal spines total, 9-11 dorsal soft rays.

It has three anal spines: 3 ;and 8-9 anal soft rays.

The Vertebrae are between : 29 - 31.

Katria katria is differenciated from Ptychochromoides by presence of two tooth rows.






Coloration :-

The base body colouration is solid golden-brown.

There are two wide, black vertical bars on the flanks.


Geographical distribution

Katria katria is found in Nosivolo River and Mangoro in Tamatave Province, Madagascar, Africa.


Habitat :

Katria katria lives in rivers amongst sand and gravel bottom and scattered boulders.

Conservation Status :

IUCN Red list shows status of Katria katria as "Vulnerable ".

This species has a restricted distribution within the Nosivolo and Mangoro rivers, but its habitat is in very good condition and it does not have to deal with either exotic predators or competitors.

Given the lack of evidence for decline in quality of habitat or population size (it is a very common species within its range) this species is assessed as Vulnerable on account of its restriction to a single location




Tank Size & setup :

It is a medium to large size fish.


Water Parameters:


Tank Mates:

Not much information is available on its upkeep in aquariums.

Sexual Dimorphism:

There are no sexually dimorphic features apparent,




  Sandeep Raghuvanshi
Citations/Further Reading  

Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors:Fishbase, World Wide Web electronic, version (10/2013),2013, ISBN :

ITIS: Integrated Taxonomic Information System,,, ISBN :

John S. Sparks:A new and presumably extinct species of Ptychochromoides (Teleostei: Perciformes: Cichlidae) from central Madagascar. Perciformes: Cichlidae) from central Madagascar. Zootaxa 524, 1-15: 13-13,,2004,Zootaxa 524, 1-15: 13-13, ISBN :

P.N. Reinthal:Revision of the Madagascan genus Ptychochromoides (Teleostei: Cichlidae), with description of a new species.,1997, Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 7(4):353-368. ISBN :