The type series was collected close to the city of Myitkyina, Kachin State, northern Myanmar from upper sections of three tributaries of the Irrawaddy/Ayeyarwaddy River drainage; the Hpa-Lap Chaung (Hpa-Lap stream), Mogaung Chaung and Chindwin Myit (Chindwin River). It has since been recorded from neighbouring Sagaing Division and further west still in Chin State.
Type locality is ‘About 16.5 kilometers northwest of Myitkyina, 25°32’08″N, 97°23’02″E, tributary of Ayeyarwaddy River, Hpa Lap Chaung stream, Myanmar’.
Populations from different localities vary in appearance, some have probably appeared in the trade and one was possibly described as B. quagga in 2009 (see ‘Notes’).
Kachin is one of the world’s great biodiversity hotspots and contains many endemic species although sadly large portions of the area have been decimated due to illegal logging by both Myanmar and neighbouring China.
The type locality is a small stream with dense marginal bamboo growth providing a lot of shade.
The water was flowing quite quickly and was clear but slightly brownish in colour with substrates of mud and stones.
Maximum Standard Length
40 – 45 mm.
An active species best kept in a tank with base measurements of at least 90 ∗ 30 cm.
Temperature: In Kachin the air temperature varies between 80°F/26.6°C in summer and 60°F/15.5°C in winter. Under aquarium conditions it seems most comfortable between 16 – 26 °C.
pH: 6.5 – 7.5
Hardness: The water in northern Myanmar is typically soft so aim for somewhere within the range 18 – 90 ppm.