Cat-eLog Right Arrow Siluridae Right Arrow Ompok

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Scientific Name Ompok eugeneiatus  (Vaillant, 1893)
Common Name Borneo Glass Catfish
Type Locality Knapei R. and Sebroeang, near Smitow, Borneo.
Synonym(s) Callichrous eugeneiatus, Silurodes eugeneiatus
Pronunciation Awm pok - you JEN ay aht us
Etymology The etymology of Ompok is unclear. It is believed to be a corruption of the Indonesian name for mid-sized silurid catfishes, limpok. From the Greek eugenes, meaning well-born. In allusion to the extremely long barbels of this species.
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Size 135mm or 5.3" 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.

Easily distinguished by the very long maxillary and mandibularbarbels, which reach to the caudal fin.
Sexing Males are more slender and have strong serrations on the posterior edge of the pectoral spine (females lack these serrations).
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Distribution Borneo and Sumatra
Pacific, Greater Sunda Island Rivers, Borneo Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Pacific, Greater Sunda Island Rivers, Sumatra Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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pH 6.0 - 7.0
Temperature 22.0-28.0°C or 71.6-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
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Feeding Readily feeds on live or frozen foods and other prepared foods such as pellets. May eat very small fishes.
Furniture Provide hiding spaces in the form of driftwood or PVC pipes as well as plenty of vegetation. Prefers an area of open water when active.
Compatibility A relatively peaceful species that is compatible with most fish. Not safe with very small fishes.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Bull. Soc. Zool. Fr.v. 18 - pp61
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Last Update 2006 Mar 17 00:00 (species record created: 2001 Oct 08 00:00)