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Scientific NameBagrus docmak  (Forsskål, 1775)
Common NameSemutundu
Type LocalityLower Nile river delta.
Synonym(s)Bagrus docmac docmac, Bagrus docmac niger, Bagrus koenigi, Porcus docmac, Porcus docmac docmac, Porcus docmac niger, Silurus docmak
PronunciationBAG russ - DOCK mack
EtymologyThe generic name comes from the Mozarabic bagre, taken from the Greek pagros, meaning a fish (Dentex sp.).  The origin of the specific epithet is unclear and may come from a local name of the fish.
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Size 1100mm or 43.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationDistinguished in having dorsal fin rays hardly or not filamentous and head width 1.4-1.6 times in head length.
SexingMales have an elongate genital papilla in front of the anal fin.
General RemarksWidespread in both shallow and deep water. Feeds on insects, crustaceans, mollusks and fish.
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DistributionAfrica: Nile, Niger, Senegal, Volta and Lake Chad basins. East African rift lakes, except Lake Kivu, where it was introduced in 1959 and 1960, apparently without success.
African Waters, Eastern Rift Valley Lakes (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Nile (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Nigeria Waters, Niger (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Volta (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Sénégal (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Chad (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List StatusLeast Concern
pH6.4 - 8.2
Temperature21.0-27.0°C or 69.8-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
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FeedingReadily feeds on live/frozen foods and other prepared foods such as pellets. Will eat smaller fishes.
FurnitureProvide plenty of driftwood as hiding places.
CompatibilityAlthough young fish can be kept with other fish of equal or larger sizes, adult fish are aggressive and should be kept alone.€
BreedingNot reported.
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ReferencesDescr. Animalium - pp65, xiii
Registered Keepers(1) Silurus, (2) Redtailrob, who also notes: "Purchased as Filamentosus.".

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Breeding ReportsNone.
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Last Update2005 Nov 23 00:00 (species record created: 2001 Apr 13 00:00)