Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
(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, where it is notoriously difficult to keep; they require extremely soft, acidic water and seldom eat non living foods.
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