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Scientific Name Clarias microspilus  Ng & Hadiaty, 2011
Common Name
Type Locality Kabupaten Aceh Selatan, Sungai Lembang at Pasilembang, 3°01'N, 97°21'E, Nangroe Aceh Darussalam Province, Sumatra, Indonesia.
Pronunciation klar ee ass
Etymology Clarias: From the Greek chlaros, meaning lively; in reference to the ability of the fish to live for long periods out of water. The specific epithet microspilus from the Greek, mikros, meaning small, and, spilos, meaning spot. The name is used in reference to the very small white spots arranged in a longitudinal and several transverse series on the body.
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Size 233mm or 9.2" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Clarias species are characterized by having an elongated body; a soft rayed dorsal fin extending to, or nearly to, the caudal fin base; a soft rayed anal fin extending from just behind the anus to the caudal fin base; pectoral fins each with a serrated anterior bony spine; head depressed, covered largely by firmly sutured, surface sculptured bony plates forming a protective helmet; four pairs of flagellate barbels (nasals, maxillaries, inner and outer mandibulars); air breathing organs derived from the 2nd and 4th epibranchials within a superbranchial chamber.
Sexing The genital papilla, which is to the right of the anus as you look at the fish with its head to the left, is elongated and pointed in males while it is round and relatively larger (and larger than the anus) in females. In ventral view especially, females are much broader in the body than males of equal age and rearing practices.
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Distribution Known from the short coastal rivers that drain the western face of the Leuser Mountain Range.
Pacific, Greater Sunda Island Rivers, Sumatra Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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Suggested Tankmates Large cyprinids (silver sharks, tinfoil or spanner barbs for example) or Central American cichlids.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Journal of Threatened Taxa v. 3 (no. 3)
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Last Update 2011 Jul 03 12:55 (species record created: 2011 Mar 29 08:15)