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Giant catfish

(Pangasianodon gigas)

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Description

The Mekong giant catfish (Pangasianodon gigas;Thai: ปลาบึก,RTGS: pla buek,pronounced [plāː bɯ̀k];Khmer: ត្រីរាជ /trəy riec/;Vietnamese: cá tra dầu)),is a very large,critically endangered species of catfish (order Siluriformes) in the shark catfish family (Pangasiidae),native to the Mekong basin in Southeast Asia and adjacent China.In Thai folklore,this fish is regarded with reverence,and special rituals are followed and offerings are made before fishing it.

Taxonomic tree:

Domain:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum:
Class: Actinopterygii
Order:Siluriformes
Family:Pangasiidae
Genus:Pangasianodon
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