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Scientific Name Bagrichthys hypselopterus  (Bleeker, 1852)
Common Name Black Lancer Catfish
Type Locality Palembang, Sumatra, Indonesia.
Synonym(s) Bagrus hypselopterus
Pronunciation bag RICK thiss - hip serl opp terr uss
Etymology Bagrichthys: 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.
Identification Members 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).

It is very unlikely this fish has ever been available to the aquarium hobby. We can but hope.
Sexing Males have an elongate genital papilla and longer barbels.
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Distribution Sumatra 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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IUCN Red List Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2018.
pH 6.0 - 7.0
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Feeding In the wild, the fish are detritivorous.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Natuurkundig Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch Indië v. 3 (no. 4), pp 588.
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Last Update 2019 Sep 25 14:08 (species record created: 2003 Feb 21 00:00)