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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. 
Down arrow Species Information
Size 800mm or 31.5" 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 Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2011.
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.
Down arrow Further Information
Reference Copeia 1989 (no. 2), pp 435, Figs. 1-4.
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Last Update 2020 Sep 23 03:10 (species record created: 2005 Jun 01 00:00)