Giant Mekong Catfish (Pangasianodon gigas) Ikan air tawar paling besar

IMAGE: GIANT CATFISH IN THAILAND
This Mekong giant catfish was weighed at 646 pounds by researchers working on a project to identify, study and conserve large freshwater fish around the world. Thai fishermen netted a catfish as big as a grizzly bear, setting a world record for the largest freshwater fish ever found, according to researchers who studied the 646-pound Mekong giant catfish as part of a project to protect large freshwater fish.
Giant Catfish

Although the Mekong giant catfish may be the largest species of catfish, thousands of other species of catfish exist. According to John Lundberg, researcher with the All Catfish Species Inventory, 2,800 species of catfish have already been described and an additional 1,500 species may yet be discovered. “One out of every four freshwater fish, one out of ten fishes, and one out of twenty vertebratesis a catfish.” Catfish are found on every continent except Antarctica and in fresh, coastal, and marine waters. They are perhaps the most ecologically and economically important group of fish in the world.
Giant Catfish

The Mekong giant catfish has been re-listed by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) as Critically Endangered because we have new information that indicates that populations of the fish have declined significantly over the past several years. Unfortunately, unless additional steps are taken to save the species, I believe that the Mekong giant catfish will eventually disappear from the Mekong River.

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