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|Scientific Name||Pangasius sanitwongsei Smith, 1931|
|Common Names||Paroon Shark
Chao Phraya Giant Catfish, Dog-eating Catfish, Langfinnet Hajmalle (Denmark), Pangasid-catfish, Paroonhaj (Sweden), Pla Tepa (Thai), Pla Thepa
|Type Locality||Menam Chao Phraya River at Koh Yai, central Thailand.|
|Pronunciation||Pang ah see uss - san its wong aye|
|Etymology||The name Pangasius comes from a local (Bengali) name of the fish (pungas).|
|Size||2500mm or 98.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Shows a black dorsal fin extension from about the 40mm size onwards. Sadly an artificially developed "balloon" form has been introduced into the hobby perhaps to combat the fishes large adult size.|
|Sexing||No recorded visible sexual differences.|
|Distribution||Vietnam, Thailand, Kampuchea (Cambodia), and Laos in the Mekong and Chao Phyra basins
Thailand Waters, Chao Praya (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Mekong (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|IUCN Red List Status||Critically Endangered|
|pH||6.5 - 7.5|
|Temperature||24.0-27.0°C or 75.2-80.6°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||Will easily adapt to "normal" conditions (pH 6.5 - 7.5) and soft to medium hard water.|
|Feeding||Will accept pellet and flake food(when young) in captivity. In the wild both young and adults feed on fishes and crustaceans. Examination of two young specimens (60 and 80 cm) had only small fishes in their stomachs. The larger fish had eaten three Pangasius macronema of 15 - 20 cm each, one Belodontichthys (a predatory silurid catfish) and one small cyprinid. Larger individuals will take the carcasses of fowl or dogs (commonly used for bait).|
|Furniture||Needs vast amount of open space for swimming room and some plants to help reduce the nervous nature of the fish.|
|Compatibility||Not recommended for home aquaria.|
|Suggested Tankmates||Not recommended for home aquaria.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|Reference||Proceedings of the United States National Museum v. 79 (no. 2873), pp 29, Figs. 13-14.|
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|Last Update||2019 Oct 30 12:35 (species record created: 2001 Apr 24 00:00)|