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  • Ompok urbaini
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Scientific Name Ompok urbaini  (Fang & Chaux, 1949)
Common Name
Type Locality Cambodia.
Pronunciation Awm pok
Etymology The etymology of Ompok is unclear. It is believed to be a corruption of the Indonesian name for mid-sized silurid catfishes, limpok. 
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Size 181mm or 7.1" 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 Asia: Mekong, Chao Phraya and Pasak River drainages in Indo-China.
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Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Bulletin du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (Série 2) v. 21 (no. 2), pp 197, Fig. 2.
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Last Update 2014 Nov 13 23:16 (species record created: 2014 Nov 11 04:46)