One of the fastest growth rates
of any fish in the world, reaching 150 to 200 kg in
6 years. Cited in the Guinness Book of Records as
largest freshwater fish. Marketed fresh. Maximum length
of 300 cm needs confirmation. Threatened due to over
harvesting and habitat loss. Habitat:
A migratory species that occurs in medium to large-sized
rivers. Reproduction: Little is known
on its general pattern of life and migratory journeys
for spawning. Aquarium Care: Not
fit for an aquarium as this species as the "Mekong
giant catfish" does not belong in the home aquarium,
as this is one of the worlds largest freshwater fish
and as such should be admired from afar! International
trade banned (CITES I, since 1.7.1975; CMS Appendix
I). Diet: Feeds on detritus and algae
on the bottom and feeds only on vegetation in the
river but takes other food in captivity. Remarks:In the IUCN red list of threatened species
as critically endangered.
Mekong giant catfish
Mekong and Chao Phraya River basin; in cultivation
elsewhere in Asia, including Viet Nam and Myanmar.Type
Ferraris, C.J. Jr.,
2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628. Froese, R. and D. Pauly.
Editors. 2006. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic
publication. www.fishbase.org, version (05/2006).
IUCN 2006 2006 IUCN red list of threatened
species. www.iucnredlist.org. ScotCat
123. Sept. 2006.