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Scientific NameBagrichthys hypselopterus  (Bleeker, 1852)
Common NameBlack Lancer Catfish
Type LocalityPalembang, Sumatra, Indonesia.
Synonym(s)Bagrus hypselopterus
Pronunciationbag RICK thiss - hip serl opp terr uss
EtymologyBagrichthys: From bagrus, the name of a catfish genus frequently used to form generic names, and the Greek ichthys, meaning fish. From the Greek hypselos, meaning high and pterygion, meaning fin. In reference to the greatly elongate dorsal spine of this species.
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Size 300mm or 11.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationMembers of the highly specialized and unusually-shaped bagrid catfish genus Bagrichthys Bleeker, 1858, live in large muddy rivers throughout Southeast Asia and are characterised by their elongate and laterally compressed caudal peduncle, the dorsally-directed serrations on the posterior edge of the dorsal-fin spine, gill membranes united but free from the isthmus, and a long adipose fin without a free posterior margin (Roberts, 1989).

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SexingMales have an elongate genital papilla and longer barbels.
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DistributionSumatra and Borneo.
Pacific, Greater Sunda Island Rivers, Borneo Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Pacific, Greater Sunda Island Rivers, Sumatra Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH6.0 - 7.0
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FeedingIn the wild, the fish are detritivorous.
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ReferencesNatuurkd. Tijdschr. Neder. Indiëv. 3 - pp588
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Breeding ReportsNone.
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Last Update2015 Dec 19 00:51 (species record created: 2003 Feb 21 00:00)