Despite its name, iridescent shark, Iridescent shark is a shark, It is a catfish of the order siluriformes, It is also known as Siamese Shark or catfish sutchi , striped catfish in the fish market for human consumption, and sometimes incorrectly as basa and panga (these names should be well used to bocourti Pangasius and Laniarius Pterogymnus, respectively).
The species is found in Southeast Asia in the Mekong Basin . It has also been introduced in other river basins as a food source and is common in the fishkeeping hobby. It is named for its brilliance or iridescence exposed children.
Their diet consists of crustaceans, other fish, and vegetable matter.
Iridescent sharks come from the great Chao Phraya and Mekong rivers in Asia, although they have been introduced in other rivers of aquaculture. It is a species of freshwater fish living in tropical climates and prefer water with a 6,5 a 7,5 pH, A water hardness 2,0 a 29,0 dGH, and in a temperature range of 72 a 79 ° F (22 a 26 ° C). They prefer large bodies of water like the deep waters of the Mekong River Basin.
In the breeding season they migrate upstream to spawn during the flood season, while water levels are high and return downstream to find breeding habitats, when river water levels recede. Upstream migration of this species appears to be caused by receding waters. At the end of the flood season, fish migrate downstream out of floodwaters. Dates of migration varies depending on the river system. In the Mekong River Basin, migrate upstream from May to July and return downstream during September to December. South of the Khone Falls, above the water migration occurs in October to February, with its peak in November-December.
The fins are dark gray or black. Minors have a black stripe along the lateral line and a second black band below the sideline, They have a bright iridescent color that gives these fish its name. Nevertheless, Large adults are uniformly gray and lack striping. Adults reach up 130 cm (4 pies) in length and can weigh up to 44,0 kg (97 libra).
Hypophthalmus P. It is an important fish for human consumption and is widely cultivated in many parts of the world. It is one of the most important aquaculture species in Thailand and Vietnam.
This fish are sometimes sold as the top “base”. Compared to the Basa, this fish is believed to be lower, since their flesh is thicker and comes in thinner. Nonetheless, Swa is still common as it is much cheaper to maintain, easy to create, and is also faster growth. It is said that the 90% of fish sold as Basa it is actually swai.
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