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  • Hemibagrus macropterus
  • Hemibagrus macropterus
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Scientific Name Hemibagrus macropterus  Bleeker, 1870
Common Name Grey Chinese Catfish
Type Locality Chang Jiang [Yangtze River], China.
Synonym(s) Mystus macropterus
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.
Jump to next section Species Information
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.
Jump to next section Habitat Information
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 Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2011.
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.
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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.
Jump to next section Further Information
Reference Verslagen en Mededeelingen der Koninklijke Akademie van Wetenschappen. Afdeeling Natuurkunde (Ser. 2) v. 4, pp 257, Pl. (bottom fig.).
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Last Update 2019 Oct 06 04:54 (species record created: 2004 Oct 27 00:00)