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  • Ompok miostoma
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Scientific NameOmpok miostoma  (Vaillant, 1902)
Common Name
Type LocalityTepoe [= Lepo Tepu, 2°01'N, 114°01'E], Mahakam River drainage, Borneo.
Synonym(s)Wallago miostoma, Wallagonia miostoma
PronunciationAwm pok
EtymologyThe etymology of Ompok is unclear. It is believed to be a corruption of the Indonesian name for mid-sized silurid catfishes, limpok. 
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Size 1000mm or 39.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationThe catfish genus Ompok La Cepède, 1803, consists of medium-sized silurid fishes found in inland waters throughout South and Southeast Asia. The genus is traditionally diagnosed by the presence of a short dorsal fin with 4 rays, strongly forked caudal fin, subcutaneous eye that is set immediately posterior to the mouth rictus and two patches of palatal teeth (Weber & de Beaufort, 1913). Bornbusch (1995) showed that Ompok, as currently understood, is probably paraphyletic.
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DistributionMahamam River basin, central Borneo.
Pacific, Greater Sunda Island Rivers, Borneo Waters, East Borneo Waters, Mahakam (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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ReferencesNotes from the Leyden Museum v. 24 (note 1), pp44.
Registered KeepersNone.
Breeding ReportsNone.
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Last Update2013 Feb 20 11:01 (species record created: 2009 Oct 29 15:32)