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Phalacronotus apogon (Bleeker, 1851)

 Image contributors to this species:

Johnny Jensen's  Photographic Library (2) Karl-Heinz Dau (1 Stamp) Jean-Francois Helias (3) Zhou Hang (1)  

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus Etymology = Species

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Search Google  All Catfish Species Inventory


Relevant Information:

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0; Anal soft rays: 75 - 91. No dorsal fin; greatly reduced barbels (equal to or smaller than eye diameter); a slender body. Body depth 5.7-7.0 times in SL; mandibular barbels smaller than eye diameter or absent. Vomerine teeth in angular band. Occurs in large rivers with turbid waters, streams, canals and lakes. Feeds on pelagic fishes in midwater to upper depths. Spawns just prior to the rise in water levels and moves into the flooded riparian forests and probably out into the floodplains during high water levels. Young of the year are first seen in July and start to move back to the rivers in October, where they remain common until January.

Common Name:



Silurus apogon, Kryptopterus apogon, Phalacronotus leptonema, Silurus leptonema, Micronema apogon




Asia: Mekong and Chao Phraya basins, Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo


70cm. (28ins)


20-26°C (67-79°F)




Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2008.FishBase.World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (03/2009).



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