Hemibagrus wyckioides

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Asian redtail catfish
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Siluriformes
Family: Bagridae
Genus: Hemibagrus
Species: H. wyckioides
Binomial name
Hemibagrus wyckioides
(P. W. Fang & Chaux, 1949)
  • Macrones wyckioides
    Fang & Chaux, 1949
  • Mystus wyckioides
    (Fang & Chaux, 1949)
  • Mystus aubentoni
    Desoutter, 1975

Hemibagrus wyckioides (Asian redtail catfish) is a species of catfish (order Siluriformes) of the family Bagridae.


These catfish originate from the Mekong basin and are reported from Chao Phraya, Mae Klong and peninsular Thailand river systems.[1]

Appearance and anatomy[edit]

H. wyckioides reaches a length of 130 centimetres (51 inches) TL.[1] This species is the largest Bagrid catfish in Asia and may reach 80 kilograms.[2] The caudal fin is white when the fish is small, but it becomes bright red when it reaches about 15 cm (6 in).[1]

H. wyckii bears a resemblance to H. wyckioides, however H. wyckioides lacks serrations on the dorsal fin spine, has a shorter dorsal fin base, and shorter maxillary barbels.[2]


H. wyckioides occurs in large upland rivers and is common in areas with rocky bottoms and irregular depths.[1][2] These fish do not migrate, but they reproduce locally and enter the flooded forest during high water in July–October.[2] H. wyckiodies feed on insects, prawns, fish and crabs.[2]

Relationship to humans[edit]

This fish is marketed fresh as a food fish.[1] Hemibagrus are aquacultured in Asian countries.[3]

H. wyckioides and Hemibagrus wyckii are the two members of this genus imported as aquarium fish.[3] This species will rearrange decorations in the aquarium.[4] These fish are not picky and will eat a variety of fish foods.[4] This species is sometimes claimed to be the most aggressive freshwater fish in the world and should be left alone.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2007). "Hemibagrus wyckioides" in FishBase. May 2007 version.
  2. ^ a b c d e Ng, Heok Hee; Rainboth, Walter, J. (1999). "The Bagrid Catfish Genus Hemibagrus (Teleostei: Siluriformes) in Central Indochina with a New Species from the Mekong River" (PDF). The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology. 47 (2): 555–576.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ a b Ralph, Chris (2004-10-04). "Hemibagrus wyckioides". ScotCat.com. Retrieved 2007-05-18.
  5. ^ Hemibagrus wyckioides. PlanetCatfish.com. Accessed 18 May 2007.

External links[edit]

  • Vidthayanon, C. 2012. Hemibagrus wyckioides. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012. Downloaded on 22 November 2017.