Kryptopterus cheveyi Durand, 1940
Kryptopterus cheveyi
photo by Baird, I.G.

Family:  Siluridae (Sheatfishes)
Max. size:  35 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater, potamodromous
Distribution:  Asia: Mekong and Chao Phraya basins (Ref. 27732). Reported from the river systems of Southeast Thailand (Ref. 26336).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0-0; Anal soft rays: 66-71. No dorsal fin; short maxillary and mandibular barbels reaching about the base of the pectoral fin; 66-71 anal rays (Ref. 27732). Projecting lower jaw and shallow body (depth 4.0-4.9 in SL); head length 5.6-5.8 times in SL; a single patch of vomerine teeth; gill rakers 6-8 + 21-23 (Ref. 12693).
Biology:  Inhabits rivers and canals (Ref. 12693). Enters flooded fields (Ref. 12975). Feeds on larvae of chironomids and ephemeropterans as well as zooplankton and fishes. Sold fresh or smoked and large individuals may be put on ice and shipped to Thailand (Ref. 12693).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 25 February 2011 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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