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Scientific NameTachysurus fulvidraco  (Richardson, 1846)
Common NamesTawny Dragon Catfish
Amur Catfish, Yellow Catfish
Type LocalityCanton, China.
Synonym(s)Bagrus calvarius, Macrones fulvidraco, Pelteobagrus fulvidraco, Pimelodus fulvidraco, Pseudobagrus fulvidraco, Silurus calvarius
Pronunciationfull vih DRAY ko
EtymologyThe specific epithet is from ''fulva'', tawny, and ''draco'', dragon.
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Size 345mm or 13.6" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationTachysurus can be identified by an extrascapular without a laterosensory canal, and a pterotic with a broad lateral laminar expansion. It is among the most speciose catfish groups in East Asia and its members inhabit habitats ranging from fast-flowing hillstreams to large rivers.

Yellow back, yellowish white belly, large and dark brown speckles on sides. Elongated body. Strong spines on pectoral fins with anterior and posterior serrations. Dorsal fin origin much before ventral fin origin. Has an adipose fin. Caudal fin deeply forked.

Is an important food fish in China and Korea. Soup made by simmering the fish with herbs and spices is considered to be a medicinal tonic in China.

Nowadays rarely seen in the hobby (at least in North America and Europe).
SexingAdult males are larger than females.
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DistributionNam Ma basin (Laos) and Viet Nam to south-eastern Siberia.
Ma (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Vietnam waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List StatusLeast Concern
pH6.0 - 7.6
Temperature16.0-25.0°C or 60.8-77°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersA hardy fish that can live in a wide variety of conditions. This is a cold water fish, so heating is not necessary. Can be successfully maintained in outdoor ponds, assuming climate isn't too hot or cold.
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FeedingIn nature, feeds at the bottom on insects (particularly on trichopterans and chironomids), molluscs and occasionally fishes. Not a fussy feeder in captivity.
FurnitureInhabits streams and lakes with muddy and sandy bottoms. Best maintained in an aquarium of 55 gallons or larger. Provide ample hiding places.
CompatibilityGenerally a peaceful, solitary fish. Should not be kept with small, slow-moving tank mates, as they may be eaten. As a temperate species, you might be tempted to keep it with goldfish. This is not a good idea, slower moving fish will have fins nipped and scales eaten. Fancy goldfish will fare even worse.
Suggested TankmatesLarger cold water cyprinids such as carp, given its propensity for eating smaller tankmates.
BreedingIn nature, spawning occurs in summer. Males have been reported to guard both the eggs and larvae in the nest hole, previously dug by the male in the clay bottom. Fry typically hatch in two days. Commercially bred in ponds.
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ReferencesRep. Brit. Assoc. Adv. Sci.15th meeting [1845] - pp286
Registered Keepers(1) Dave Rinaldo, (2) Jools (k: 2), who also notes: "Fin nippers!", (3) Silurus, (4) diburning, (5) vriesea, who also notes: "Bought as "Devil Cat" sold in January.", (6) RobDoran1, (7) yellowcat, who also notes: "Interesting sexual dimorphism, now fully grown, the female is only 5" long, the males were 12" long but have been sold. All were acquired same time @ 1 1/2"...", (8) straitjacketstar, (9) miles44 (k: 2), (10) pickles4601, (11) Skirge (p: 2), (12) mi-tatsu, (13) Birger, (14) arapaimag, (15) amiidae, (16) chris.west.curtis (p: 2), (17) dmcat (k: 2), (18) dethmann, (19) miguel mitchel.

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Breeding ReportsNone.
Article - CotM 2003 October
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Last Update2013 Sep 14 10:38 (species record created: 2001 May 03 00:00)