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  • Encheloclarias curtisoma
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Scientific NameEncheloclarias curtisoma  Ng & Lim, 1993
Common NameBladefin Catfish
Type LocalityBlackwater stream, peat swamp forest at 39 km milestone on road to Tanjong Malim from Sungei Basar, Selangor, Malaysia.
EtymologyGreek, enchelys, = eel + see under Clarias 
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Size 82mm or 3.2" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationCatfishes of the genus Encheloclarias are restricted to the blackwater habitats of Sundaic Southeast Asia. They are the most poorly-known of Asian clariid catfishes and are easily distinguished from Asian Clarias by the presence of a moderately long adipose fin that is not supported by extensions of the neural spines.
SexingIn ventral view especially, females are much broader in the body than males of equal age and rearing practices.
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DistributionAsia: known so far from Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia.
Pacific, Malaysia Waters, Peninsular Malaysia Waters, Selangor (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List StatusCritically Endangered
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FurnitureOccurs in a stream about 3 m wide and half a meter deep in a peat swamp forest. The stream has a soft and peaty substrate, covered with large pieces of wood and submerged branches.
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ReferencesIchthyological Exploration of Freshwaters v. 4 (no. 1), pp32, Figs. 9-10.
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Breeding ReportsNone.
Article - CotM 2007 January
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Last Update2013 Feb 25 15:33 (species record created: 2006 Oct 07 02:53)