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 Post subject: Please ID this fish...
PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2011 11:31 pm 
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This fish was Landed by my friend from somewhere in Periyar river in Kerala .. We asked the Local anglers there but they were not sure and they had not seen this fish before ...all we can guess is that it is some SPECIES of cat fish ...so could anyone identify this fish..

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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2011 11:59 pm 
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Yellow Tail Catfish AKA Pangas Catfish (Pangasius pangasius) once common but now endangered in the wild.


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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 9:18 am 
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Ken L wrote:
Yellow Tail Catfish AKA Pangas Catfish (Pangasius pangasius) once common but now endangered in the wild.


Spot on Ken with the ID, but they are easily found in the Delhi fish markets... being farm bred in Faridabad by the ton!!!


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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 11:44 am 
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Yep, hence the "in the wild" comment. Apparently they were once common in lots of rivers but have been hammered by dam building projects affecting their migrations as well as the inevitable overfishing.
The whole family of these fish are used all over Asia for aquaculture because they're easy to breed, they're not to fussy about conditions and they grow very quickly. Even in the UK, some of the cheapest white fish available is Pangasius farmed in cages in the Mekong river in Vietman - it's half the price of cod despite having been shipped frozen for tens of thousands of kilometers.


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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 11:36 pm 
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Thanks Ken for such a quick reply ... Do you have any idea how big do they grow ??? and also u mentioned that these fishes are ' endangered in wild ' so should they be released if caught ???


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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 3:06 am 
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Reputedly, they can grow to 3m which would put them in the same size range as the Mekong giant catfish (Pangasianodon gigas), so you are looking at 350kg+
As wit the Mekongs, it's unlikely that there are still any of that size though.

Catch and release or catch and keep is down to personal choice.
They are widely farmed though so they're not about to go extinct.
Your fish could be an escapee from a farm, a stock fish or part of a population that has somehow survived dam building and comercial fishing pressure, if it is a fully wild fish though, it will have genes that are unique to that river's ecosystem.


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Thank you Ken.. We had a few hook ups ... One straightened the hook and another one managed to snap the line.... Thank you for answering my queries... Its really great to have such a forum and members who r ready to share knowledge....


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We call it Kos in Assam


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So here's an interesting question:
Is this the same fish that you guys call a Silond ?
I'd assumed that the yellowtail catfish and the Silond were one and the same but I did a Google image search yesterday and the only images that I could find for silond were of juvinile fish that looked to have a slimmer body shape than the yellowtail but which significantly appeared to have visible teeth.


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I think this fish is easily available in Aquarium shops! But looking at the size in pic above, it quite amazed me! He might have a exciting experience on hooking the fish!

Congratulation for the fish caught and thanks for sharing :P

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Arish!


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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 9:54 pm 
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Where did you guys actually catch it...I know I know :D ...I am not asking for location, but whether you caught it in river, some pond or somewhere else...


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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 11:50 pm 
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Periyar river in Kerala...It is the longest river in the state of Kerala.. The river is really big with many species of fish.. but sadly over fished and polluted...


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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 12:19 am 
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wow congrats on that fish ..., very rare catch .


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Ken L wrote:
So here's an interesting question:
Is this the same fish that you guys call a Silond ?
I'd assumed that the yellowtail catfish and the Silond were one and the same but I did a Google image search yesterday and the only images that I could find for silond were of juvinile fish that looked to have a slimmer body shape than the yellowtail but which significantly appeared to have visible teeth.


Hooray!!! Someone else knows about the Silond... and its not a mythical creature!!! Ken me thinks its one and the same, but have not seen Silond in the wild for a long long time... last was back in 1991 or so... Used to be all over the rivers as top predator, but all gone now...


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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 12:06 pm 
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thats a silund alright... they are around in the water systems here..


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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2011 3:42 pm 
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What bait were you using if you don't me asking... and that's a nice ugly stisk !!!!


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