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Giant Pangassius Catfish

Pangasius sanitwongsei

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Giant Pangassius Catfish

FUN FACTS
A species of freshwater fish in the shark catfish family, fishing of this species used to be accompanied by religious ceremonies and rites. It is often mentioned in textbooks, news media, and popular press. .

CONSERVATION
It has declined drastically mainly due to overfishing and it is now considered Critically Endangered. This species is likely to have been affected by the destruction of rapids and reefs as part of the Upper Mekong Navigation Improvement Project, and by the construction of dams. Projects such as these affect the natural flood/drought cycles throughout the river, and therefore their migratory behavior.


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About This Animal

SIZE: Over 9 feet in the wild

RANGE: The species is known from the Chao Phraya and Mekong basins in Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam.

HABITAT: They inhabits large rivers surrounded by rainforest and use deep pools as refuges in the dry season.

DIET: Juveniles and adults feed on crustaceans and fishes.