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Clarias batrachus, (Linnaeus, 1758)

Origin:Sri Lanka, East India till Malaysia

Etymology:

Synonyms: Silurus batrachus, Clarias magur, Clarias marpus, Clarias punctatus, Macropteronotus batrachus, Macropteronotus magur

Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) Order: Siluriformes Family: Clariidae, subfamily: -

First European import: Germany, 1899, by H. Stüve.

Description: see picture, this is the albino form

Care: Large tanks, with some hardy well rooted plants. Watervalues of minor importance, although the water should be either frequently changed or well filtered. Some large holes for the fish to hide in. Can only be kept in a species tank, or with fast, larger fish.

Temperature:10-28°C

Feeding: Fish, frogs, mice.

Size: Up to 40 cm

pH: 5.0-8.5

Breeding: Has been bred in ponds in florida. Has also been bred in aquaria.

Sexual dimorphism:Unknown

Prices: Unknown

Additional: Not a fish for the average aquarist!

Picture references: Picture 1: E. Naus

References:Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1982): Aquarien Atlas I. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.(click on the link to buy this book)

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