|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Hemibagrus macropterus Bleeker, 1870|
|Common Name||Grey Chinese Catfish|
|Type Locality||Yangtze R., China.|
|Pronunciation||HEM ee BAG russ - mak rop ter uss|
|Etymology||From the Greek hemi- meaning half and bagrus, the catfish genus. The specific epithet comes from the Greek makros, meaning long and pteron, meaning fin; in reference to the long adipose fin.|
|Size||400mm or 15.7" 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.
Single-chambered swim bladder, the adipose fin partially confluent with the principal rays of the caudal fin, and a dark brown body with few very small black spots or no spots.
|Sexing||Males have an elongate genital papilla in front of the anal fin.|
|Distribution||Yangtze River (Changjiang) southwards to the Pearl River (Zhujiang), China
China Waters, Yangtze (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|IUCN Red List Status||Least Concern|
|pH||6.4 - 7.6|
|Temperature||18.0-24.0°C or 64.4-75.2°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||Requires fairly well-oxygenated, cool water.|
|Feeding||Will eat a wide variety of live, frozen and prepared foods. Meaty foods are particularly relished, as are smaller fishes.|
|Furniture||Inhabits clear, swiftly flowing rivers with rocky bottoms; hides among submerged logs or rocks, so provide enough driftwood and rocks for cover.|
|Compatibility||Best kept alone, as it will kill anything it cannot eat.|
|Breeding||Not reported in the aquarium.
In the wild, breeding takes place in June?July, and 1300?2000 eggs of up to 1.2 mm are laid. The larvae are fully developed in about 20 days.
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||Versl. Akad. Amsterdam (Ser. 2)v. 4 - pp257 - Pl. (bottom fig.)|
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|Last Update||2004 Nov 16 00:00 (species record created: 2004 Oct 27 00:00)|