|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Pangasianodon hypophthalmus (Steindachner, 1878)|
|Common Names||Iridescent Shark
Almindelig Hajmalle (Denmark), Iridescent Shark Catfish, Pla Sawai (Thai), Siam-Haiwels (Germany), Striped Catfish, Sutchi Catfish
|Type Locality||Laos, Indo-China|
|Synonym(s)||Helicophagus hypophthalmus, Pangasius hypophthalmus, Pangasius sutchi|
|Pronunciation||Pang ah see ah naw don - hi poff thal muss|
|Etymology||The generic name is derived from Pangasius + an (Greek for without)+odon (Greek for tooth); in reference to the toothless state of the adult fish.|
- CotM 1998 August
|Size||1300mm or 51.2" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||An albino variety is also, commonly, available.|
|Sexing||Males have darker stripes and are more slender than females. It is unclear at what stage this becomes evident.|
|Distribution||Southeast Asia: Known from the Mekong, Chao Phraya, and perhaps Mekong basins (Thailand, Laos, Kampuchea, and Viet Nam). Introduced into additional river basins for aquaculture.
Mekong (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Thailand Waters, Chao Praya (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|IUCN Red List Status||Endangered|
|pH||6.5 - 7.5|
|Temperature||22.0-26.0°C or 71.6-78.8°F (Show species within this range)|
|Feeding||Youngsters are more carnivorous than adults. Bloodworm and catfish tablets are best at first, moving onto shrimp and spinach cubes as the fish get larger. Ultimately any primarily vegetable based floating pellet foods.|
|Furniture||As little as possible, this fish needs space. Floating plants will reduce this fishes skittishness.|
|Compatibility||Peaceful; can be kept with smaller fish, although this fishes extreme nervousness will affect what fish you can keep with it.|
|Suggested Tankmates||Large active fish, the bigger barbs, Labeo ''sharks'', Loricariids, Pacu.|
|Breeding||Unknown and probably impossible in the confines of a home aquarium. Is commercially bred for the aquarium trade in large ponds.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||Bulletin de la Société philomathique de Paris (7th Série) v. 2, pp 235 |
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|Last Update||2014 Apr 23 08:47 (species record created: 2001 Apr 24 00:00)|