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Scientific Name Belodontichthys dinema  (Bleeker, 1851)
Common Name
Type Locality Bandjarmasin [Banjarmasin], Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia.
Synonym(s) Belodontichthys macrochir, Wallago dinema
Pronunciation Bee law dawn tick thees - dai neem ah
Etymology From the Greek belos, meaning arrow, odontos, meaning tooth and ichthyos, meaning fish; in reference to the distinctive arrowhead-shaped teeth. The specific epithet comes from the Latin dis, meaning two and the Greek nema, meaning thread; in reference to the prominent maxillary barbels.
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Size 600mm or 23.6" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Distinguished from B. truncatus in having a longer pectoral fin, head and snout.
Sexing Males are more slender and have strong serrations on the posterior edge of the pectoral spine (females lack these serrations).
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Distribution Borneo, Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula.
Pacific, Greater Sunda Island Rivers, Sumatra Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Pacific, Greater Sunda Island Rivers, Borneo Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Pacific, Malaysia Waters, Peninsular Malaysia Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2019.
pH 5.6 - 7.0
Temperature 22.0-27.0°C or 71.6-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Clean water needed. Sensitive to bad water conditions.
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Feeding Obligate piscivores. Does not seem to take any food other than live fish, which they snap up with sudden upward lunges.
Furniture Provide large open areas as this is an actively-swimming fish. Some vegetation for it to hide in during the day will be ideal. They are good leapers, so a tight-fitting, heavy cover for the tank is necessary.
Compatibility Best kept alone, as it will eat any other tankmates able to fit its mouth.
Breeding Not reported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Natuurkundig Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch Indië v. 2 (no. 2), pp 202.
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Last Update 2019 Sep 23 12:41 (species record created: 2001 Dec 01 00:00)