Cat-eLog Right Arrow Siluridae Right Arrow Wallagonia

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Scientific NameWallagonia leerii  Bleeker, 1851
Common NamesHelicopter Catfish
Trey Stuak (Cambodia)
Type LocalitySambas, w. Borneo; Palembang, s. Sumatra, Indonesia.
Synonym(s)Ompok nebulosus, Wallago nebulosus, Wallago tweediei, Wallagonia leerii, Wallagonia tweediei
Pronunciationlee ree aye
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Size 2000mm or 78.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification1) mouth reaching only to anterior of eye
2) mandibular barbel shorter than pelvic fin
3) 12-16 gill rakers on first arch
4) 64-75 anal-fin rays
SexingMales have a more slender genital papilla immediately in front of anus.
General RemarksFound in large upland rivers from Thailand to Indonesia. Population from mainland Southeast Asia (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and southern Vietnam) represents a different species recently described as W. micropogon. Less common in the wild than Wallago attu.
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DistributionPeninsular Malaysia and the Greater Sunda Islands (except northeast Borneo, where the closely related W. maculatus occurs).
Pacific, Malaysia Waters, Peninsular Malaysia Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Pacific, Greater Sunda Island Rivers (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH5.0 - 7.0
Temperature20.0-25.0°C or 68-77°F (Show species within this range)
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FeedingActive predator. Will eat only live foods (fish or frogs) at first, but can be trained to take strips of raw meat.
FurnitureLarge driftwood as a hiding place desirable, although not necessary. Bare tank makes cleaning easier.
CompatibilityA solitary predator, will attempt to eat any tankmates.
Suggested TankmatesNone.
BreedingNot known and impossible in the home aquarium, given its size.
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ReferencesNatuurkd. Tijdschr. Neder. Indiëv. 2 - pp427
Registered Keepers(1) Silurus, (2) jprp (p: 3), (3) arapaimag (k: 2), who also notes: "The female is about 1540mm the male is 1220mm. The female has killed many other fish including a 33"Arapiama a. which she ate.", (4) TheBobbyVee.

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Breeding ReportsNone.
Article - CotM 2004 March
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Last Update2016 Jul 12 20:44 (species record created: 2002 Feb 15 00:00)