Shark catfishes have received their common name according to their swimming behaviour, which is very similar to the way several species of shark do swim. Similar to sharks is also that the fishes do permanently swim and only seldom take a rest.Nowadays they are also well known by their scientific genus name, eg Pangasius, because these fishes are subject of intense aquaculture in Southeast Asia. So their very tasty and boneless filets can be found in almost any foodstore even in Europe.
All species of Pangasius are large to very large growing fishes. Thus they fit on a long time sight only for show aquaria. Here they can live several decades. P. bocourti belongs to the medium sized species, its maximum reported length is approx. 120 cm. The very attractive fish can be distinguished from their congeneers in the trade quite easily by the white bordered caudal fin.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer
|Angaben zum Tier|
|Verfügbare Größe in cm||10-15|