Cat-eLog Right Arrow Siluridae Right Arrow Belodontichthys

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Scientific NameBelodontichthys dinema  (Bleeker, 1851)
Common Name
Type LocalityBandjarmasin, Borneo, Indonesia.
Synonym(s)Belodontichthys macrochir, Wallago dinema
PronunciationBee law dawn tick thees - dai neem ah
EtymologyFrom the Greek belos, meaning arrow, odontos, meaning tooth and ichthyos, meaning fish; in reference to the distinctive arrowhead-shaped teeth. The specific epithet comes from the Latin dis, meaning two and the Greek nema, meaning thread; in reference to the prominent maxillary barbels.
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Size 600mm or 23.6" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationDistinguished from B. truncatus in having a longer pectoral fin, head and snout.
SexingMales are more slender and have strong serrations on the posterior edge of the pectoral spine (females lack these serrations).
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DistributionBorneo, Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula.
Pacific, Greater Sunda Island Rivers, Sumatra Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Pacific, Greater Sunda Island Rivers, Borneo Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Pacific, Malaysia Waters, Peninsular Malaysia Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH5.6 - 7.0
Temperature22.0-27.0°C or 71.6-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersClean water needed. Sensitive to bad water conditions.
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FeedingObligate piscivores. Does not seem to take any food other than live fish, which they snap up with sudden upward lunges.
FurnitureProvide large open areas as this is an actively-swimming fish. Some vegetation for it to hide in during the day will be ideal. They are good leapers, so a tight-fitting, heavy cover for the tank is necessary.
CompatibilityBest kept alone, as it will eat any other tankmates able to fit its mouth.
BreedingNot reported.
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ReferencesNatuurkd. Tijdschr. Neder. Indiëv. 2 - pp202
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Breeding ReportsNone.
Article - CotM 2006 October
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Last Update2004 Feb 27 00:00 (species record created: 2001 Dec 01 00:00)