Anal soft rays: 28 - 32. A large black spot above
the base of the pectoral fin and a black longitudinal
stripe along each caudal lobe. Dorsal and pectoral
fins with a strong spine and a long, filamentous rays.
With 13-17 gill rakers in first arch. Habitat:
Occurs in medium to large-sized rivers and inhabits
deep pools in the river. Found in rapids and riffle.
Enters flooded forest. Reproduction:
Migrates into floodplains and spawns at the beginning
of the flood season. Artificially
reared fry of 3.5 mm at 12 hrs., 8.4 mm at 4 days,
8.8 mm at 8 days and 23 mm at 18 days. Larval teeth
present in 12 hr and 4 day larvae. Diet:
Feeds on shrimps, small fishes, gastropods and plants.
This catfish is not really recommended for the home
aquarium as they grow too big and have special requirements
that we as aquarists can never attain. Do not buy
from Fish stores if they are labeled as such, or as
Froese, R. and D. Pauly.
Editors. 2009. FishBase.World Wide Web electronic
publication.www.fishbase.org, version (04/2009). Roberts, T.R. and C.
1991 Systematic revision of the Asian catfish family
Pangasiidae, with biological observations and descriptions
of three new species. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philad.