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Pangasius kunyit  Pouyaud, Teugels & Legendre, 1999

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes (Catfish) > Pangasiidae (Shark catfishes)
Etymology: Pangasius: The Vietnamese name of a fish (Ref. 45335);  kunyit: Kunyit is from the Javanese word for saffron referring to its goldfish color.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; brackish; benthopelagic.   Tropical, preferred ?

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Asia: major drainages from Sumatra, Indonesia (Musi, Batang Hari and Indragiri rivers); also present in eastern Kalimantan (Mahakam, Kapuas and Barito rivers), Sabah, Malaysia (Kinabatanagan River) and Viet Nam (Mekong delta).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 70.2 cm SL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 2; Anal soft rays: 30 - 33. Distinguished from all other Pangasius species by the combination of the following characters: a somewhat spatulated (broad and rounded) head (snout length 40.0-53.4% HL; head depth 48.0-54.7% HL; head width 70.7-76.6% HL); short palatine tooth plates (10.0-12.8% HL); a very robust dorsal spine (width of spine 9.25-11.2 times in its length).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits deeper waters. Occurs sympatrically with P. krempfi in the Mekong delta. It is considered as a candidate species for aquaculture and its reproduction in captivity has already been achieved in the Mekong delta, Viet Nam (Ref. 33567).

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Pouyaud, L., G.G. Teugels and M. Legendre, 1999. Description of a new pangasiid catfish from south-east Asia (Siluriformes). Cybium 23(3):247-258. (Ref. 33567)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: commercial; aquaculture: likely future use
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00372 (0.00164 - 0.00841), b=3.11 (2.91 - 3.31), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  2.8   ±0.38 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate to high vulnerability (50 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.