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Scientific Name Ompok malabaricus  (Valenciennes, 1840)
Common Name Travancore Gulper Catfish
Type Locality Malabar, India.
Synonym(s) Callichrous malabaricus, Silurus malabaricus, Wallago malabaricus
Pronunciation Awm pok - mala - bar - ee - cuss
Etymology The etymology of Ompok is unclear. It is believed to be a corruption of the Indonesian name for mid-sized silurid catfishes, limpok. This species is named after its type locality.
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Size 510mm or 20.1" 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.
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Distribution Peninsular India.
Indian waters, Peninsular India Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Status Least Concern
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Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Histoire naturelle des poissons v. 14, pp353.
Ompok supernus, a new catfish (Teleostei: Siluridae) from Borneo. Heok Hee Ng
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Last Update 2014 Jan 19 04:40 (species record created: 2011 Nov 11 19:00)