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Scientific NamePangasius sanitwongsei  Smith, 1931
Common NamesParoon Shark
Chao Phraya Giant Catfish, Dog-eating Catfish, Langfinnet Hajmalle (Denmark), Pangasid-catfish, Paroonhaj (Sweden), Pla Tepa (Thai), Pla Thepa
Type LocalityMenam Chao Phraya R. at Koh Yai, cent. Thailand.
Synonym(s)Pangasius beani
PronunciationPang ah see uss - san its wong aye
EtymologyThe name Pangasius comes from a local (Bengali) name of the fish (pungas). 
Article - CotM 1999 February
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Size 2500mm or 98.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationShows a black dorsal fin extension from about the 40mm size onwards. Sadly an artificially developed "balloon" form has been introduced into the hobby perhaps to combat the fishes large adult size.
SexingNo recorded visible sexual differences.
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DistributionVietnam, Thailand, Kampuchea (Cambodia), and Laos in the Mekong and Chao Phyra basins
Thailand Waters, Chao Praya (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Mekong (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List StatusCritically Endangered
pH6.5 - 7.5
Temperature24.0-27.0°C or 75.2-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersWill easily adapt to "normal" conditions (pH 6.5 - 7.5) and soft to medium hard water.
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FeedingWill accept pellet and flake food(when young) in captivity. In the wild both young and adults feed on fishes and crustaceans. Examination of two young specimens (60 and 80 cm) had only small fishes in their stomachs. The larger fish had eaten three Pangasius macronema of 15 - 20 cm each, one Belodontichthys (a predatory silurid catfish) and one small cyprinid. Larger individuals will take the carcasses of fowl or dogs (commonly used for bait).
FurnitureNeeds vast amount of open space for swimming room and some plants to help reduce the nervous nature of the fish.
CompatibilityNot recommended for home aquaria.
Suggested TankmatesNot recommended for home aquaria.
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ReferencesProc. U. S. Natl. Mus.v. 79 (no. 2873) - pp29 - Figs. 13-14
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Last Update2014 Oct 27 14:27 (species record created: 2001 Apr 24 00:00)