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  • Hemisilurus mekongensis
  • Hemisilurus mekongensis
  • Hemisilurus mekongensis
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Scientific Name Hemisilurus mekongensis  (Bornbusch & Lundberg, 1989)
Common Name
Type Locality Mun River at Ban Dan, Khong Chiam District, Ubon Ratchathani Province, Thailand, 15°18'N, 105°31'E, depth to 4 meters.
Pronunciation Ham mee see loo russ - me kong en siss
Etymology From the Greek hemi- meaning half and Silurus, the word for catfish. 
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Size 750mm or 29.5" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Wide fringed membranous maxillary barbel in females; a single patch of vomerine teeth; pectoral-fin spine thin and smooth in females and thin with weak serrations in males. Posterior nostril above and behind eye.
General Remarks Fishbase lists 800 mm TL.
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Distribution Asia: endemic to the Mekong basin.
Mekong (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Least Concern
Other Parameters Inhabits large upland rivers and enters flooded forest. Found in rapids and in deep slow reaches.
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Feeding Feeds on worms, plants, animal debris and insects.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Copeia 1989 (no. 2) - pp435 - Figs. 1-4
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Last Update 2013 Feb 10 16:13 (species record created: 2005 Jun 01 00:00)