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  • Pangasius conchophilus
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Scientific Name Pangasius conchophilus  Roberts & Vidthayanon, 1991
Common Name
Type Locality Thabo, Mekong River basin, Nongkhai Province, Thailand.
Pronunciation Pang ah see uss - kon cho fill uss
Etymology The name Pangasius comes from a local (Bengali) name of the fish (pungas). From the original description, "The name conchophilus, a combination of the Latin concho (shell) and philus (loving), refers to the pronounced molluscivory of this species". In short, it likes to eat shellfish.
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Size 1200mm or 47.2" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Dorsum dull grey with pale green iridescence; maxillary band of teeth forms a continuous row with no break in midline. Snout protruding with upper jaw tooth bands partly exposed when mouth is closed; large median vomerine tooth plate
Sexing Females are fuller-bodied.
General Remarks The ultimate size of this fish, particularly when combined with its active swimming behaviour, makes it unsuitable for home aquaria.
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Distribution Asia: Mekong, Bangpakong, and Chao Phraya basins.
Mekong (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Thailand Waters, Chao Praya (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Thailand Waters, Bang Pakong (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 2011.
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Feeding Juveniles feed on prawns and insects; sub-adults and adults on prawns, insects and particularly mollusks which are more predominant in stomach contents than in any other Pangasius species and on plants.
Furniture Needs large amount of open space for swimming room and some plants to help reduce the nervous nature of the fish.
Breeding Unreported. Migrates into the middle Mekong along the Thai-Lao border as water levels and turbidity begin to increase. Reproduces early in the flood season and juveniles of 6 to 7 cm are taken by late June.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia v. 143, pp 114, Figs. 1b, 2j, 5.
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Last Update 2019 Oct 05 03:31 (species record created: 2004 Oct 11 00:00)