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Pangasianodon hypophthalmus (Sauvage, 1878)

Image contributors to this species:

Acuario Marcelo (1) Leigh Murphy (2) Allan James (1) Nishant Kakani (2) Jean-Francois Helias (5)

ScotCat Sources:

Factsheet Article Article Etymology = Genus Etymology = Species

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

Pangasianodon hypophthalmus is a catfish which should never be imported due to the eventual size that it can attain, and the fact that it is a very nervous and skittish fish, which does not fare well in the confines of cramped aquaria. All too often this catfish is offered for sale as a juvenile fish at around 75-100mm and is quite often labeled as Pangasius sutchi or Iridescent Shark. Never the less these catfish, rightly or wrongly, are bred commercially in large ponds for the aquarium trade.

Common Name:

Iridescent Shark


Pangasius pangasius, Helicophagus hypophthalmus, Pangasius pleurotaenia, Pangasius sutchi, Pangasius hypophthalmus.




Asia: Mekong, Chao Phraya, and perhaps Mekong basins. Introduced into additional river basins for aquaculture.


130cm. (52ins)


22 -26°C (71 -79°F)


6.5 -7.5.


ScotCat Factsheet no. 117. March 2006



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