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Pseudolais pleurotaenia (Sauvage, 1878)

Image contributors to this species:

Johnny Jensen's  Photographic Library (1) Karl-Heinz Dau (1 Stamp) Jean-Francois Helias (1) Fishes of Mainland Southeast Asia (1)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus Etymology = Species

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Google Search  All Catfish Species Inventory


Relevant Information:

Dorsal spines (total): 1; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7; Anal soft rays: 39 - 46. Abdomen with a well-developed median keel extending from throat to origin of anal fin. Dorsal fin advanced in position, with a strongly serrated spine; pectoral spines as long as or slightly longer than dorsal spine, strong, denticulated along their inner edge; pelvic fins small; anal fin low, long; adipose fin very small. Single, oval-shaped patch of teeth on each side of palate; eye large. Occur in large and medium-sized rivers. Found in rapids and in deeper slower reaches. Common in the middle Mekong before the flood season where it is found in the lower reaches of tributary streams along with most of the cyprinids that would be found in the main stream of the Mekong when the water is clear. Feeds on terrestrial and aquatic insects along with small amounts of plant matter. The specimen in the penultimate image was caught in the Nung River near Vientiane, Laos.

Common Name:



Pangasius cultratus, Pangasius fowleri, Pteropangasius cultratus, Pangasius pleurotaenia




Asia: Mekong, Meklong, Tapi and Chao Phraya River basins. Type locality: Laos.


35cm. (14ins)


22 -26°C (71 -79°F)


6.5 -7.5.


Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2009.FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (02/2010).
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