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).
Image of Mekong Giant Catfish - osanpo, (cc)
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