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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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Yellow Tail Catfish AKA Pangas Catfish (Pangasius pangasius) once common but now endangered in the wild.


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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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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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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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wow congrats on that fish ..., very rare catch .


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thats a silund alright... they are around in the water systems here..


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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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