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Scientific NameBagarius yarrelli  (Sykes, 1839)
Common NamesGiant Devil Catfish
Giant Painted Catfish, Goonch, Goonch-malle (Denmark), Pla Kaey (Thailand), Sand Shark
Type LocalityMota Mola at Poona, Deccan, India.
Synonym(s)Pimelodus yarrelli
Pronunciationbag are ee uss. - yar elle ee
EtymologyBagarius: From the Bengali name of the fish (Vaghari). 
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Size 1525mm or 60" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationSee Bagarius bagarius.
Sexing.
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DistributionWidely distributed in southern and southeastern Asia (Ganges to Java).
Pakistan Waters, Indus (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Indian waters, North Eastern India Waters, Padma, Ganges (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Mekong (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Mekong, Xe Bangfai (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Pacific, Greater Sunda Island Rivers, Sumatra Waters, Batang Hari (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Pacific, Greater Sunda Island Rivers, Borneo Waters, Western Borneo Waters, Kapuas (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Pacific, Malaysia Waters, Peninsular Malaysia Waters, Pahang (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Pacific, Greater Sunda Island Rivers, Borneo Waters, East Borneo Waters, Mahakam (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Pacific, Greater Sunda Island Rivers, Sumatra Waters, Musi (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Pacific, Greater Sunda Island Rivers, Borneo Waters, Barito (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List StatusNear Threatened
pH7.2 - 7.6
Temperature18.0-23.0°C or 64.4-73.4°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersThis appears to be a warmer water species but flowing water is still required for this oxygen loving fish.
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FeedingLarval foods such as bloodworm and also shrimp. larger morsels (including fish) can be offered as the fish grows.
FurnitureLarge, smooth and rounded stones over a sandy substrate.
CompatibilityA truly nasty predator. Reportedly eats scales and fin parts of large fish kept with it. Will eat anything smaller.
BreedingUnknown. To quote Baensch Vol. II, ''Who wants to breed this demon, anyway?'' !
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ReferencesProc. Zool. Soc. Lond.1838 (pt 6) - pp163
Registered Keepers(1) arapaima, (2) Silurus, (3) Redtailrob, who also notes: "Does much better at lower temperatures. Provide excellent water flow & Aeration", (4) miles3, (5) human001, (6) arapaimag, who also notes: "Never grew very large (37") always bullied by my female Wallago leerii.", (7) agusmeteor, (8) liamirons (p: 2, k: 3), (9) estarego8 (p: 2, k: 2), who also notes: "This is the northern indian highlands giant that does well in a colder climate.", "This is the thai giant not to be confused with the indian yarrelli. This is a warmer water species that does fine in tropical environments", (10) CoryCatfish1212, (11) hooliganATV, who also notes: "6" at the time of purchase. Growing out in a shallow ( 12") 55G tank. The tank has a large foot print as the dimensions are not standard. 40" long and 30" wide. After a couple of days it started tanking hairki carnivore pellets as a stable food source and it gained weight. Also feeds on prawn, small cuts of fish, frozen blood worm, frozen krill. Water temp is between 20-24 but fluctuate with the room temp. Filtration is a 1200LPH internal with a air line attached to the out put, this is positioned on one half of the tank but creates a stronger circular current in the tank. Also this provides 100% surface moment. Tank is bare bottom with a few slate tiles, rocks, small bit of drift wood with Java ferns attached and a cave position close to the out put of the filter and 90° angle from the flow. These fish seem to enjoy being able to catch food from the flow of the filter. Water permeters are ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, nitrate 5<. I do a 30-40% water change weekly and twice weekly VAC of deberry in the tank. Feeding schedule is 5 out 7 and feed in the evening. The goonch in not very active but shuffle along the bottom of the tank on its fins only really swimming when executing an attack on food items, but these fish are by no means slows. a year of keeping, he is now in a 260G tank for the last 6 months. tank has no heating and is in a uninsulated shed in the garden. temps have been as low as 7'c. no feeding for 5 months started again now spring is here.", (12) Hrothgar Sørensen, (13) caninesrock.

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Last Update2014 Oct 31 04:14 (species record created: 2002 Jan 21 00:00)