|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Belodontichthys truncatus Kottelat & Ng, 1999|
|Type Locality||Chao Phraya River, flood-waters 17.5 kilometers north of Ayuthya, Maharaj Province, Thailand.|
|Pronunciation||Bee law dawn tick thees - trunk ah tuss|
|Etymology||From the Greek belos, meaning arrow, odontos, meaning tooth and ichthyos, meaning fish; in reference to the distinctive arrowhead-shaped teeth. The specific epithet comes from the Latin truncatus, meaning cut off; in reference to the short head of this species.|
|Size||700mm or 27.6" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Distinguished from B. dinema in having a shorter pectoral fin, head and snout.|
|Sexing||Males are more slender and have strong serrations on the posterior edge of the pectoral spine (females lack these serrations).|
|General Remarks||Migrates upstream through the Khone Falls in the Mekong River in June-July with other silurids and enters the flooded forest in July-October, where it feeds heavily on cyprinids of the genus Henicorhynchus.|
|Distribution||Mainland Southeast Asia in the Chao Phraya and Mekong River drainages.
Mekong (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Thailand Waters, Chao Praya (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|IUCN Red List Status||Least Concern|
|pH||5.6 - 7.0|
|Temperature||22.0-27.0°C or 71.6-80.6°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||Clean water needed. Sensitive to bad water conditions.|
|Feeding||Obligate piscivores. Does not seem to take any food other than live fish, which they snap up with sudden upward lunges.|
|Furniture||Provide large open areas as this is an actively-swimming fish. Some vegetation for it to hide in during the day will be ideal. They are good leapers, so a tight-fitting, heavy cover for the tank is necessary.|
|Compatibility||Best kept alone, as it will eat any other tankmates able to fit its mouth.|
|Breeding||Not reported. Has been bred for fishery purposes in Thailand.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|Reference||Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters v. 10 (no. 4), pp388, Fig. 1.|
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|Last Update||2019 Sep 18 14:13 (species record created: 2001 Apr 21 00:00)|