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  • Hemibagrus furcatus
  • Hemibagrus furcatus
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Scientific Name Hemibagrus furcatus  Ng, Martin-Smith & Ng, 2000
Common Name
Type Locality Segama River, Sabah, Borneo.
Pronunciation HEM ee BAG russ - fur kat uss
Etymology From the Greek hemi- meaning half and bagrus, the catfish genus. The specific epithet comes from the Latin furcatus, meaning forked; in reference to the bifurcate serrae on the pectoral spine.
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Size 200mm or 7.9" 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.

Can be distinguished from its congeners by the unique combination of the following characters: head width 18.3-19.5% SL, length of caudal peduncle 18.8-20.7% SL, depth of caudal peduncle 9.4-10.3% SL, length of adipose-fin base 21.2-26.3% SL, dorsal to adipose distance 6.3-8.6% SL, absence of a dark midaxial streak, 4-7 serrations on dorsal spine, bifurcate serrae on the pectoral spine, upper lobe of the caudal fin rounded posteriorly, dorsal fin without an extended second ray, with broader membranes and allowing the fin to be spread wider to give a more rounded appearance.
Sexing Males have an elongate genital papilla in front of the anal fin.
General Remarks Inhabits deep pools in mountain streams. Feeds on small fish, frogs and crustaceans in the wild.
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Distribution Upper reaches of the Segama River drainage in Sabah, Borneo.
Pacific, Greater Sunda Island Rivers, Borneo Waters, East Borneo Waters, Segama, Upper Segama (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
pH 6.0 - 7.6
Temperature 20.0-26.0°C or 68-78.8°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters As a species inhabiting the upper reaches of rivers, the water should be kept well oxygenated.
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Feeding Readily eats all manner of live and prepared foods. Will eat smaller fishes.
Furniture Large rocks for the fish to hide among.
Breeding Not reported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Last Update 2004 Nov 16 00:00 (species record created: 2004 Oct 27 00:00)