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Basa catfish

Order Siluriformes
Family Pangasiidae

Freshwater fish with regularly ossified skeleton. Long body, latterly flattened with no scales. Head relatively small. Mouth broad with small sharp teeth on jaw, vomerine and palatal bones. Eyes relatively large. Two pairs of barbels, upper shorter than the lower. Fins dark grey or black. Two dorsal fins, the first one larger than the second one. Young fish have black stripe along lateral line and another long black stripe below lateral line; large adults uniformly grey but sometimes with greenish tint and sides silvery. Dark stripe on middle of anal fin; dark stripe in each caudal lobe.

FAO code
Pangasius hypophthalmus
White fish
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 4: Asia - Inland waters
Fishing seasons
jan feb apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec
International denominations
France Poisson-chat
Portugal Peixe-gato
United Kingdom Basa catfish
Fishing areas
Fishing arts

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