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Scientific Name Hemibagrus variegatus  Ng & Ferraris, 2000
Common Name
Type Locality Tenasserim River, Myanmar
Pronunciation HEM ee BAG russ - var ee gah tuss
Etymology From the Greek hemi- meaning half and bagrus, the catfish genus. The specific epithet comes from the Latin variegatus, meaning of different colors, in reference to the color pattern.
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Size 1210mm or 47.6" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Members of the genus Hemibagrus are bagrid catfishes that can attain standard lengths of up to 800 mm and are found in large rivers throughout the Indian subcontinent,Southeast and East Asia. Members of this genus have depressed heads,rugose head shields not covered by skin,a slender occipital process and moderately long adipose fins.

This species is easily distinguished by its mottled color pattern and moderately long adipose fin.
Sexing Males have an elongate genital papilla in front of the anal fin.
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Distribution Asia: Tenasserim river drainage in southern Myanmar.
Myanmar Waters, Tenasserim (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Data Deficient
pH 6.0 - 7.2
Temperature 18.0-24.0°C or 64.4-75.2°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Prefers well-oxygenated water with a current.
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Feeding Readily eats all manner of live and prepared foods. Will eat smaller fishes.
Furniture Provide rocks and driftwood as hiding spaces.
Compatibility Territorial and aggressive. Should be kept by itself, as tankmates that are too big to be eaten will be viciously attacked.
Breeding Not reported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences v. 52 (no. 11), pp 139, Fig. 12.
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Last Update 2014 Jun 18 19:57 (species record created: 2003 Oct 07 00:00)