Dorsal spines (total): 1; Dorsal soft rays (total):
7; Anal soft rays: 10 - 13; Vertebrae: 50 - 51. Can
be differentiated from its congeners by the unique
combination of the following characters: head extremely
depressed and broad; dorsal spine well ossified, long
(11.9-14.8% SL), and with 10-12 serrations on the
posterior edge; cream-colored coracoidal region; caudal
fin dark grey, with cream procurrent and first principal
caudal rays; maxillary barbels reaching to middle
of dorsal-fin base (143.7-195.4% HL). Smooth flat
skull roof; occipital process reaches basal bone of
dorsal fin; 10-11 soft pectoral-fin rays; no stripe
on body. Presence of white markings on pectoral fin
and dorsal fin tips, anterior edge of adipose, upper
and lower margins of caudal peduncle and caudal, including
filaments. Habitat: Lives in large
rivers with fast flowing water over muddy substrate.
Appears to be restricted in the middle reaches of
rivers. Feeds on insects, prawns and fishes. Sold
fresh in the markets. Aquarium Care:
This catfish has evil written throughout its body.
This is not a catfish for the novice fishkeeper and
should not be kept within the confines of small aquaria.
This particular species is often referred to as a
“tank buster” due to the size that it
can attain. These catfish are destined to be kept
in solitary confinement due to their predatory and
territorial habits. Diet: A diet
which includes pieces of fish, whole prawns, mussels
and earthworms to name but a few. In its natural habitat
this catfish is a predator capable of devouring any
fish small enough to fit inside its large mouth.
Crystal Eyed Catfish
Bagrus wyckii, Mystus
wyckii, Macrones wyckii
Cambodia, Beng Cha Prek-tuk-Kampot, Indonesia, Laos,
Thailand, Mekong, Menam Chap Phya, Lopburi, Kanburi,
Meping and Mechan rivers. Vietnam.
Froese, R. and D. Pauly.
Editors. 2009. FishBase.World Wide Web electronic
publication. www.fishbase.org, version (01/2009). ScotCat
no. 146, August 2008.