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Scientific Name Netuma thalassina  (Rüppell, 1837)
Common Name Giant Salmon Catfish
Type Locality Massawa, Eritrea, Red Sea.
Synonym(s) Ariodes aeneus, Arius nasutus, Arius serratus, Arius thalassinus, Bagrus carchariorhynchos, Bagrus laevigatus, Bagrus netuma, Bagrus thalassinus, Netuma thalassinus, Tachysurus thalassinus
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Size 1850mm or 72.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
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Distribution Western Indian Ocean: known with certainty from the Red Sea and the northwestern Indian Ocean. A closely related form occurs in the Philippines and Gulf of Thailand. The wider distribution usually given for this species stems from misidentifications of similar species overlapping its range. Also reported from Australia, Polynesia and Japan and rarely in the Mekong delta.
Indian Ocean, Western Indian Ocean (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
Temperature 26.0-29.0°C or 78.8-84.2°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters A marine species often found in estuaries, but rarely enters freshwater. Reported to occasionally ascend into fresh water.
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Feeding Feeds mainly on crabs, prawns, mantis shrimps (Squilla species) but also on fishes and mollusks.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Neue Wirbelthiere zu der Fauna von Abyssinien gehörig. Fische des Rothen Meeres, pp 75, Pl. 20 (fig. 2).
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Last Update 2019 Sep 29 01:39 (species record created: 2003 Aug 27 00:00)