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Scientific Name Pangasius pangasius  (Hamilton, 1822)
Common Names Yellowtail Catfish
Gulhalet Hajmalle (Denmark), Pungas Catfish, Schwarzflossen-Haiwels (Germany)
Type Locality Ganges River, Calcutta, India.
Synonym(s) Pangasius buchanani, Pimelodus pangasius
Pronunciation Pang ah see uss - pang ah see uss
Etymology The name Pangasius comes from a local (Bengali) name of the fish (pungas). 
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Size 3000mm or 118.1" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Palatal teeth in two crescentic bands, 23-28 gill rakers, swimbladder with two chambers, posterior chamber reaching to above anal-fin base.
Sexing Females are fuller-bodied.
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Distribution Asia: large rivers of Indian subcontinent and Myanmar (Ganges, Krishna?, Godavari, Irrawaddy). Widely introduced in its geographical range for aquaculture. Reports from Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia are based on misidentifications.
Indian waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Myanmar Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2009.
pH 6.0 - 7.6
Temperature 20.0-28.0°C or 68-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
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Feeding A benthic carnivore, so best fed with meaty foods such as catfish tablets and shrimp.
Furniture Needs large amount of open space for swimming room and some plants to help reduce the nervous nature of the fish.
Compatibility Will eat smaller fishes, but peaceful with fishes of its own size or larger. An extremely nervous fish that is best kept alone, though.
Breeding Not reported, although it is widely bred in ponds for food. In the wild, it spawns in estuaries.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference An account of the fishes found in the river Ganges, pp 163, 376, Pl. 33 (fig. 52).
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Last Update 2020 Sep 23 14:20 (species record created: 2001 Apr 24 00:00)