Luciocephalus pulcher

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Luciocephalus pulcher (Gray, 1830).jpg
Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anabantiformes
Family: Osphronemidae
Genus: Luciocephalus
Species: L. pulcher
Binomial name
Luciocephalus pulcher
(J. E. Gray, 1830)
  • Diplopterus pulcher J. E. Gray, 1830

Luciocephalus pulcher, the pikehead, is a species of gourami native to the Malaya Peninsula, Sumatra, and Borneo. It inhabits flooded forests, streams, and peat swamps living in areas with plentiful vegetation. It is a predator and lurks for its prey among plants near the water's surface. As the prey is swallowed, the jaw extends to about one-third of the head length. the extended jaw is folded back into place. It is a mouthbrooder. It is a yellowish-brown color with dark brown longitudinal bands and stripes. This species can reach a length of 20 centimetres (7.9 in) SL. It can also be found in the aquarium trade,[1] where it is notoriously difficult to keep; they require extremely soft, acidic water and seldom eat non living foods.


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2014). "Luciocephalus pulcher" in FishBase. February 2014 version.