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Pangasius bocourti Sauvage, 1880

Image contributors to this species:

Johnny Jensen's Photographic Library (1) Fishes of Mainland Southeast Asia (2)

ScotCat Sources:

Article Etymology = Genus Etymology = Species

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory  Wikipedia

Relevant Information:

Anal soft rays: 31 - 35. Body stout and heavy, head broader than long; blue-black dorsum; blunt snout with broad white band on muzzle; single large patch of vomerine teeth with separate patch of palatine teeth on each side. Rounded head and blunt rounded snout. Known from large rivers and also found in rapids and in deeper slower reaches. Enters flooded forest and feeds on plants. Spawns at the onset of flood season and the young are first seen in June, averaging about 5 cm by mid-June. This is mainly the fish sold in U.K. supermarkets (rarely also as Pangasianodon hypophthalmus) as Vietnamese river cobbler, sold in place of the more expensive cod or haddock.

Common Name:

Basa fish


Pangasius altifrons




Asia: Mekong and Chao Phraya River basins. Type locality: Phnom-Penh (Cambodia).


120cm. (4ft.0ins)


22 -28°C (71 -83°F)


6.5 -7.5.


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Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.
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