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Minggu, 28 Juni 2009

Freshwater Fish Species Profiles


110. MARBLED LUNGFISH (Protopterus aethiopicus aethiopicus)
FAMILY: Protopteridae
TYPE: Miscellanious
MAX SIZE: 80" (approx. 200cm)
ORIGIN: Africa
DIET: Carnivorous
CHARACTER: Aggressive
MISC: consists of mollusks,small fishes and insects, young individuals feed almost wholly on insects



109. WEST AFRICAN LUNGFISH (Protopterus annectens annectens)
FAMILY: Protopteridae
TYPE: Miscellanious
MAX SIZE: 40" (approx. 100cm)
ORIGIN: West Africa
DIET: Carnivorous
CHARACTER: Aggressive

MISC: during the dry season, it secretes a thin slime around itself which dries into a fragile cocoon; it can exist in this state for over a year


108. PAYARA / SABRETOOTH CHARACINS (Hydrolycus scomberoides)
FAMILY: Characidae
TYPE: Characins
MAX SIZE: 30" (approx. 75cm)
ORIGIN: South America
DIET: Carnivorous
CHARACTER: Aggressive
MISC: a predatory that can only be kept with other equally large species, Prefers live fish and will eat anything that smaller then half it size, might eat even bigger fishes


107. GENGIS KHAN / CHAO PHRAYA GIANT CATFISH (Pangasius sanitwongsei)
FAMILY: Pangasiidae
TYPE: Catfish
MAX SIZE: 100" (approx. 250cm)
ORIGIN: Vietnam, Thailand (Southeast Asia)
DIET: Carnivorous
CHARACTER: Aggressive
MISC: oftenly mistaken as Pangasius sutchii especially at juvenile stage, oftenly referred as "Freshwater shark", the second biggest fish in the Mekong basins



106. ABA ABA KNIFEFISH (Gymnopterus niloticus)
FAMILY: Gymnarchidae
TYPE: Miscellanious
MAX SIZE: 56" (approx. 140cm)
ORIGIN: Africa
DIET: Carnivorous
CHARACTER: Aggressive, extremely territorial
MISC: will bite anything that moves and ask questions later, almost resemble Electric Eels, and can produce the same type of electric shocks, but not as powerful

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