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  • Wallagonia maculatus
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Scientific Name Wallagonia maculatus  Inger & Chin, 1959
Common Name Spotted Helicopter Catfish
Type Locality Kinabatangan R. at Deramakot, Kinabatangan Dist., Malaysia. Borneo.
Synonym(s) Wallago maculatus
Pronunciation mak yoo lat uss
Etymology The specific epithet comes from the Latim maculatus, meaning spot, in reference to the dark blotches on the sides of the body.
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Size 1000mm or 39.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification It can be distinguished from W. leerii and W. micropogon in having a paler body with a series of distinct dark blotches on the sides of the body below the lateral line.
Sexing Males have a more slender genital papilla immediately in front of anus.
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Distribution Northeast Borneo
Pacific, Greater Sunda Island Rivers, Borneo Waters, East Borneo Waters, North Eastern Borneo Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Vulnerable, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2018.
pH 5.0 - 7.0
Temperature 22.0-27.0°C or 71.6-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
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Feeding Will eat only live foods (fish or frogs) at first, but can be trained to take strips of raw meat.
Furniture Large driftwood as a hiding place desirable, although not necessary. Bare tank makes cleaning easier.
Compatibility A solitary predator, will attempt to eat any tankmates.
Breeding Not known and impossible in the home aquarium, given its size.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Fieldiana Zool.v. 39 (no. 27) - pp279
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Last Update 2019 Jun 24 18:16 (species record created: 2004 Oct 27 00:00)