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Scientific NameSilurichthys indragiriensis  Volz, 1904
Common NameAsian Leaf Catfish
Type LocalityKwantang R., near Djapura (Indragari), Sumatra, Indonesia.
PronunciationSeel loo reek thees - in drah jee ree an seess
EtymologyFrom Silurus and the Greek ichthyos, meaning fish; in reference to the general resemblance to members of the genus Silurus. The specific epithet comes from the Indragiri River, the type locality of this species.
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Size 100mm or 3.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationEasily confused with other congeners. Can be distinguished by its very long and narrow caudal fin and a somewhat less mottled body.
SexingMales are smaller and possess serrations on posterior edge of pectoral spine.
General RemarksUnlike most other silurids, which are mid-water fish, this fish spends more of its time near the bottom or lying on its side.
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DistributionSumatra, Borneo and the Malay Peninsula.
Pacific, Greater Sunda Island Rivers, Borneo Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Pacific, Malaysia Waters, Peninsular Malaysia Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Pacific, Greater Sunda Island Rivers, Sumatra Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH4.0 - 6.0
Temperature20.0-25.0°C or 68-77°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersThis species is restricted to the highly acidic, tannin-stained blackwaters of Southeast Asian peat swamps. It is much more susceptible to fatal infections when kept in less acidic conditions.
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FeedingWill eat all manner of live, frozen and prepared foods.
FurnitureThe substrate should be underlain with at least 1/2'' of peat. Provide plenty of driftwood as hiding places. They also enjoy a layer of leaf litter to burrow into.
CompatibilityA peaceful, schooling species that is compatible with most fish.
Suggested TankmatesShould be kept in groups of three or more individuals. Ideal tankmates include pearl (Trichogaster leerii) and chocolate (Sphaerichthys osphromenoides) gouramies, clown rasboras (Rasbora kalochroma), two spot catfish (Mystus bimaculatus), bar-bellied spiny eels (Macrognathus circumcinctus) and other Asian blackwater fish in a biotope tank.
BreedingNot reported.
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ReferencesRev. Suisse Zool.v. 12 (no. 2) - pp464
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Breeding ReportsNone.
Article - CotM 2003 June
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Last Update2005 Jul 14 00:00 (species record created: 2001 Apr 21 00:00)