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Black lancer

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Black lancer
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Siluriformes
Family: Bagridae
Genus: Bagrichthys
B. macracanthus
Binomial name
Bagrichthys macracanthus
(Bleeker, 1854)
  • Bagroides macracanthus Bleeker, 1854

The black lancer (Bagrichthys macracanthus) is a species of bagrid catfish found in Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia and Thailand. It grows to a length of 25.0 cm.

It is the only species of the genus Bagrichthys that is traded for the aquarium hobby.[2] When these fish are first imported, they are often young and in bad condition. It has been recommended to acclimate these fish at a high temperature (about 29 °C or 85 °F).[3] Though nocturnal, this species may be trained to eat in the light; it may even be trained to feed from the owner's hand. These fish tend to be territorial among their own kinds though this behavior can be reduced by placing a male with multiple females. This species is quite adaptable with pH and DH and will thrive as long as extremes are avoided.[2]


  1. ^ "Synonyms of Bagrichthys macracanthus (Bleeker, 1854)". Fishbase. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b Linder, R. Shane (June 2000). "The Catfishes of Asia Family Bagridae part two" (PDF). Cat Chat. 1 (2). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-08-20.
  3. ^ "PlanetCatfish::Catfish of the Month::January 2001". 2006-06-07. Retrieved 2007-06-11.