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Mekong Giant Catfish (Pangasianodon gigas)


Mekong Giant Catfish (Pangasianodon gigas):

The Mekong Giant Catfish (Pangasianodon gigas) is a species of catfish native to the Mekong River basin.

Mekong Giant Catfish Facts:
  • Anadromous fish.
  • May weigh over 600 lbs.
  • Represented in ancient art from the region.
  • Very susceptible to overfishing.
  • Only one spawning location in far northern Thailand.
  • Fishing for the Mekong giant catfish is illegal in the wild in Thailand, Laos, & Cambodia.
  • Now seen in the Bangkok River.
  • Must reach 50 – 70 kg in size before it is able to breed.
  • The largest known specimen, recorded in 1981, was a female measuring 2.7 m (~ 9 feet) long & weighing 293 kg (646 lb).
A National Geographic Documentary about the Mekong Giant Catfish is shown below.



Image of Mekong Giant Catfish - osanpo, (cc)

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