Distinguished from adult Plotosus
its long barbels on the nostrils that can reach pass
the eyes. Spines associated with anterior fins have
potent venom. Colouration: A plain
dusky-brown species with a black dorsal fin tip. Shows
banded pattern at night. Habitat:
Found mostly in estuaries and lagoons, and sometimes
up rivers in nearly fresh waters. Occurs in the lower
parts of rivers in freshwater or brackish water and
in coastal seas. Juveniles may occur in dense aggregations.
Diet: Feeds on crustaceans, mollusks
and fishes. Remarks:
Grows too large for the home aquarium.
West and south coasts of India and off Sri Lanka eastward
along the coasts of Bangladesh and Myanmar, through
the Indo-Australian Archipelago and the Philippines
as far as Papua New Guinea.
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