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  • Ompok miostoma
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Scientific Name Ompok miostoma  (Vaillant, 1902)
Common Name
Type Locality Tepoe [= Lepo Tepu, 2°01'N, 114°01'E vs. Kottelat's 0°04'10'S, 115°38'40'E], Mahamam River drainage, Borneo, Indonesia.
Synonym(s) Wallago miostoma, Wallagonia miostoma
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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Size 1000mm or 39.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
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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Distribution Mahamam River basin, central Borneo.
Pacific, Greater Sunda Island Rivers, Borneo Waters, East Borneo Waters, Mahakam (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Near Threatened, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2019.
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Breeding Unreported in the aquarium.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Notes from the Leyden Museum v. 24 (note 1), pp44.
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Last Update 2019 Oct 13 03:25 (species record created: 2009 Oct 29 15:32)