Cat-eLog Right Arrow Siluridae Right Arrow Ompok

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Scientific Name Ompok leiacanthus  (Bleeker, 1853)
Common Name
Type Locality Eastern end of Danau Arang Arang, Jambi Province, Sumatra, Indonesia.
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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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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Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Natuurkundig Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch Indië v. 5 (no. 1), pp 189.
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Last Update 2018 Aug 15 11:36 (species record created: 2018 Aug 12 13:56)