Mystus bocourti

14. November 2011

Due to its extremely prolonged dorsal fin this fascinating species has also been placed in a genus on its own for a long time, namely Heterobagrus. The catfish becomes around 20-25 cm long. It is a very peaceful species; however, fish of small size will be taken as food, but neither congeneers nor any other tankmate will be attacked by M. bocourti otherwise.

For the first time ever we received with the current shipment two specimens that have anormally developed dorsal fin; in any other respect the two fish are absolutely identical with the other M. bocourti. Maybe this represents a sexual dimorphism and the fish with the normal dorsal fins are females? Nothing is mentioned in literature about that…

Mystus bocourti comes from the river basins of the Mekong and the Chao Phraya in Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. The fish feed readily on any usually frozen or live fish food and most often the animals don´t even refuse dried fish food.

For our customers: the fish have code 437455 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Lexicon: Mystus: not known for sure, but most probably dervied from the ancient Greek word for “beard”. bocourti: dedication name for F. Bocourt who collected the type specimens. Heterobagrus: means “different Bagrus”; Bagrus is another genus of catfish.

Suggestion of a common name: Highfin King Cat

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft Thailand
Verfügbare Größe in cm 12 - 15