Cat-eLog Right Arrow Siluridae Right Arrow Ompok

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Scientific NameOmpok pabda  (Hamilton, 1822)
Common NameTwo Stripe Gulper Catfish
Type LocalityBengal.
Synonym(s)Callichrous pabda, Silurus pabda
PronunciationAwm pok - pahb DAH
EtymologyThe etymology of Ompok is unclear. It is believed to be a corruption of the Indonesian name for mid-sized silurid catfishes, limpok. The specific epithet comes from pabda, the Bengali name of the fish.
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Size 240mm or 9.4" 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.

Distinguished by relatively short maxillary barbels (not extending beyond tip of pectoral fin) and 48-54 branched anal-fin rays.
SexingMales are more slender and have strong serrations on the posterior edge of the pectoral spine (females lack these serrations).
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DistributionWidespread along the Ganges River drainage. The species is said to occur throughout southern Asia as far west as Afghanistan and as far east as Mynamar, but the identities need to be verified.
Indian waters, North Eastern India Waters, Padma, Ganges (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List StatusNear Threatened
pH6.0 - 7.4
Temperature22.0-27.0°C or 71.6-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
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FeedingReadily feeds on live/frozen foods and other prepared foods such as pellets. Will also eat small fishes/shrimps.
FurnitureProvide plenty of hiding spaces in the form of driftwood or PVC pipes. Prefers an area of open water when active.
CompatibilityA relatively peaceful species that is compatible with most fish of equal size or larger. Not safe with small fishes.
BreedingNot recorded.
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ReferencesFishes Ganges - pp150, 374 - Pl. 25 (fig. 47)
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Last Update2016 Apr 25 13:36 (species record created: 2001 Apr 21 00:00)