Photo Of The Month

June 2024

This is a featured photo of the month. I will try and update this monthly with a favorite photo.

  • Common Name: Mekong Giant Catfish
  • Scientific Name: Pangasianodon gigas
  • Date Taken: August 8, 2008
  • Location: Udon Thani
  • Thailand
  • Photographer: Howard Cunningham

  • The Mekong Giant Catfish is one of the largest freshwater
    fish in the world, native to the Mekong River basin in Southeast
    Asia. It can grow to impressive sizes, with recorded lengths of
    up to 3 meters (almost 10 feet) and weights exceeding 300 kilograms
    (over 660 pounds). Unlike many other catfish, it lacks the typical
    catfish barbels around the mouth. It inhabits the lower Mekong
    River and its tributaries, spanning countries like Thailand, Laos,
    Cambodia, and Vietnam. The species prefers deep, slow-moving
    sections of the river with sandy or muddy bottoms. Young Mekong
    Giant Catfish feed on zooplankton and small invertebrates. As they
    mature, they become almost entirely herbivorous, consuming algae
    and phytoplankton. These catfish are known to undertake long
    migrations upstream to spawn, typically between May and July during
    the rainy season, when the river's flow is at its peak. The Mekong
    Giant Catfish is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red
    List. Its population has severely declined due to overfishing,
    habitat destruction, and the construction of dams that obstruct
    their migratory routes.

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