|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Ompok siluroides Lacepède, 1803|
|Type Locality||Java, Indonesia.|
|Synonym(s)||Ompok krattensis, Wallago krattensis|
|Etymology||The etymology of Ompok is unclear. It is believed to be a corruption of the Indonesian name for mid-sized silurid catfishes, limpok.|
|Size||450mm or 17.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||The 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.
O. siluroides is often incorrectly identified as the Indian species, O. bimaculatus. O. siluroides is a Southeast Asian species which has a rounder head and a mottled brown colouration, while O. bimaculatus is silvery and has a sharper head.
|Sexing||Males are more slender and have strong serrations on the posterior edge of the pectoral spine (females lack these serrations).|
Pacific, Greater Sunda Island Rivers, Java Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|pH||6.4 - 7.4|
|Temperature||20.0-26.0°C or 68-78.8°F (Show species within this range)|
|Feeding||Readily feeds on live/frozen foods and other prepared foods such as pellets. Will also eat small fishes/shrimps.|
|Furniture||Provide plenty of hiding spaces in the form of driftwood or PVC pipes. Prefers an area of open water when active. Current preferred.|
|Compatibility||A relatively peaceful species that is compatible with most fish of equal size or larger. Not safe with small fishes.|
|Breeding||Not known in the aquarium. O. bimaculatus has been bred using hormone injections in India.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|Reference||Histoire naturelle des poissons (Lacepède) v. 5, pp 49, 50, Pl. 1 (fig. 2).|
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|Last Update||2019 Oct 13 03:26 (species record created: 2005 Apr 17 00:00)|