Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Siluriformes
(Catfish) > Pangasiidae
Etymology: Pangasius: The Vietnamese name of a fish (Ref. 45335). More on author: Sauvage.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; potamodromous (Ref. 51243). Tropical
Asia: Mekong and Chao Phraya basins.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 120 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 30857)
soft rays: 31 - 35. Body stout and heavy, head broader than long; blue-black dorsum; blunt snout with broad white band on muzzle; single large patch of vomerine teeth with separate patch of palatine teeth on each side (Ref. 12693). Rounded head and blunt rounded snout (Ref. 43281).
Known from large rivers (Ref. 12693). Found in rapids and also in deeper slower reaches (Ref. 37771). Enters flooded forest (Ref. 9497). Feeds on plants (Ref. 9497). Spawns at the onset of flood season and the young are first seen in June, averaging about 5 cm by mid-June. Marketed fresh (Ref. 12693).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Roberts, T.R. and C. Vidthayanon, 1991. Systematic revision of the Asian catfish family Pangasiidae, with biological observations and descriptions of three new species. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philad. 143:97-144. (Ref. 7432)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00484 - 0.02068), b=3.00 (2.81 - 3.19), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.47 se; based on food items.
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High to very high vulnerability (72 of 100) .