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Scientific Name Bagarius yarrelli  (Sykes, 1839)
Common Names Giant Devil Catfish
Giant Painted Catfish, Goonch, Goonch-malle (Denmark), Pla Kaey (Thailand), Sand Shark
Type Locality Mota Mola at Poona, Deccan, India.
Synonym(s) Pimelodus yarrelli
Pronunciation bag are ee uss. - yar elle ee
Etymology Bagarius: From the Bengali name of the fish (Vaghari). 
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Size 1525mm or 60" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification See Bagarius bagarius.
Sexing .
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Distribution Widely 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 Status Near Threatened
pH 7.2 - 7.6
Temperature 18.0-23.0°C or 64.4-73.4°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters This appears to be a warmer water species but flowing water is still required for this oxygen loving fish.
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Feeding Larval foods such as bloodworm and also shrimp. larger morsels (including fish) can be offered as the fish grows.
Furniture Large, smooth and rounded stones over a sandy substrate.
Compatibility A truly nasty predator. Reportedly eats scales and fin parts of large fish kept with it. Will eat anything smaller.
Breeding Unknown. To quote Baensch Vol. II, ''Who wants to breed this demon, anyway?'' !
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond.1838 (pt 6) - pp163
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Last Update 2014 Oct 31 04:14 (species record created: 2002 Jan 21 00:00)