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|Scientific Name||Belodontichthys dinema (Bleeker, 1851)|
|Type Locality||Bandjarmasin, 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.|
|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).|
|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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|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.|
|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 Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||Natuurkd. Tijdschr. Neder. Indiëv. 2 - pp202|
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|Last Update||2004 Feb 27 00:00 (species record created: 2001 Dec 01 00:00)|