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  • Hemisilurus heterorhynchus
  • Hemisilurus heterorhynchus
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Scientific Name Hemisilurus heterorhynchus  (Bleeker, 1853)
Common Name
Type Locality Moara kompeh, East Sumatra, Indonesia.
Synonym(s) Diastatomycter chaperi, Hemisilurus chaperi, Wallago heterorhynchus
Pronunciation Ham mee see loo russ - heter oh rine kuss
Etymology From the Greek hemi- meaning half and Silurus, the word for catfish.  From the Greek hemi- meaning half and Silurus, the word for catfish. The specific name comes form the Greek heteros- meaning different and rhynchos, meaning snout, in reference to the distinctive snout shape.
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Size 800mm or 31.5" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Easily distinguished by its distinctive protruding snout and simple barbel morphology.
Sexing Females are more deeper bodied. Males are more slender, and have prominent serrations on the posterior edge ofthe pectoral spine.
Jump to next section Habitat Information
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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pH 6.0 - 7.0
Temperature 22.0-27.0°C or 71.6-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
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Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Natuurkd. Tijdschr. Neder. Indiëv. 5 - pp514
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Last Update 2011 Aug 20 04:47 (species record created: 2004 Apr 04 00:00)