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|Scientific Name||Wallago leerii Bleeker, 1851|
|Common Names||Helicopter Catfish
Trey Stuak (Cambodia)
|Type Locality||Sambas, w. Borneo; Palembang, s. Sumatra, Indonesia.|
|Synonym(s)||Ompok nebulosus, Wallago nebulosus, Wallago tweediei, Wallagonia leerii, Wallagonia tweediei|
|Pronunciation||wall AH go - lee ree aye|
|Etymology||Wallago: After its Telugu and Tamil names Walaga (Telugu and Tamil are both Dravidian languages of South India).|
|Size||2000mm or 78.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||1) mouth reaching only to anterior of eye
2) mandibular barbel shorter than pelvic fin
3) 12-16 gill rakers on first arch
4) 64-75 anal-fin rays
|Sexing||Males have a more slender genital papilla immediately in front of anus.|
|General Remarks||Found in large upland rivers from Thailand to Indonesia. Population from mainland Southeast Asia (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and southern Vietnam) represents a different species recently described as W. micropogon. Less common in the wild than Wallago attu.|
|Distribution||Peninsular Malaysia and the Greater Sunda Islands (except northeast Borneo, where the closely related W. maculatus occurs).
Pacific, Malaysia Waters, Peninsular Malaysia Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Pacific, Greater Sunda Island Rivers (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|pH||5.0 - 7.0|
|Temperature||20.0-25.0°C or 68-77°F (Show species within this range)|
|Feeding||Active predator. Will eat only live foods (fish or frogs) at first, but can be trained to take strips of raw meat.|
|Furniture||Large driftwood as a hiding place desirable, although not necessary. Bare tank makes cleaning easier.|
|Compatibility||A solitary predator, will attempt to eat any tankmates.|
|Breeding||Not known and impossible in the home aquarium, given its size.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||Natuurkd. Tijdschr. Neder. Indiëv. 2 - pp427|
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|Last Update||2019 May 22 14:07 (species record created: 2002 Feb 15 00:00)|