Mastacembelus favus Hora, 1924
Tire track eel
Mastacembelus favus
photo by Warren, T.

Family:  Mastacembelidae (Spiny eels)
Max. size:  70 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; freshwater
Distribution:  Asia: Thailand to the Malay Peninsula.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 33-37; Dorsal soft rays (total): 73-85; Anal soft rays: 71-87; Vertebrae: 86-92
Biology:  Inhabits flowing waters. Most often found over gravel substrates where it buries itself during the day. Feeds actively at night on benthic insect larvae, worms and some submerged plant matter (Ref. 12693).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 15 March 2011 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 30.04.97
Modified by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 17.10.00

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