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Minggu, 28 Juni 2009

Freshwater Fish Species Profiles


115. GIANT MEKONG CATFISH (Pangasianodon gigas)
FAMILY: Pangasiidae
TYPE: Miscellanious
MAX SIZE: 120" (approx. 300cm)
ORIGIN: South America
DIET: Carnivorous
CHARACTER: Aggressive

MISC: one of the worlds largest freshwater fish, become rare due to overexploitation, international trade banned (CITES I, since 1.7.1975; CMS Appendix I).


114. WOLF FISH (Hoplias malabaricus)
FAMILY: Erythrinidae
TYPE: Miscellanious
MAX SIZE: 20" (approx. 50cm)
ORIGIN: South and Central America
DIET: Carnivorous
CHARACTER: Aggressive
MISC: make sure the tank has a strong tight-fitting cover, as this powerful fish may jump, oftenly referred as "Piranha eater", are due to its aggressive nature most suitable to be kept alone



113. AUSTRALIAN LUNGFISH (Neoceratodus forsteri)
FAMILY: Ceratodontidae
TYPE: Miscellanious
MAX SIZE: 60" (approx. 150cm)
ORIGIN: Queensland, Australia
DIET: Carnivorous
CHARACTER: Aggressive
MISC: protected species and may not be captured without a special permit, it is also listed in Appendix 2 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)



112. SOUTH AMERICAN LUNGFISH (Lepidosiren paradoxus)
FAMILY: Lepidosirenidae
TYPE: Miscellanious
MAX SIZE: 50" (approx. 125cm)
ORIGIN: South America
DIET: Carnivorous
CHARACTER: Aggressive
MISC: is the single species of lungfish found in swamps and slow-moving waters in South America, juveniles feed on larval insects and snails, while adults are omnivorous and feed on aquatic vertebrates, invertebrates such as snails, clams and shrimp, and algae


111. SLENDER LUNGFISH (Protopterus dolloi)
FAMILY: Protopteridae
TYPE: Miscellanious
MAX SIZE: 52" (approx. 130cm)
ORIGIN: Africa
DIET: Carnivorous
CHARACTER: Aggressive
MISC: best to keep these fish in their own tank, as they are fearless and will attack almost anything that moves, including human hands, prefer warm water

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