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Silurus asotus (Far Eastern catfish; Japanese catfish; Amur catfish; Chinese catfish)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The Amur catfish, or Japanese common catfish, Silurus asotus, is a species of catfish (sheatfish), family Siluridae. It is a large freshwater fish found in continental East Asia and in Japan. It prefers slow-flowing rivers, lakes, and irrigation canals. Its appearance is typical of a large silurid catfish. Larval S. asotus specimens have three pairs of barbels (one maxillary, two mandibular), while adult fish have only two pairs (one maxillary, one mandibular); second pair of mandibular barbels degenerates. This species grows to 130 cm (51 in) in total length.
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Bach Ma National Park II 54733 Viet Nam
Fujian Wuyishan Nature Reserve V 206754 Fujian, China  

Prey / Diet

Carassius auratus (Goldfish)[1]
Hypomesus olidus (Pond smelt)[1]
Silurus asotus (Far Eastern catfish)[1]
Tachysurus fulvidraco (Banded catfish)[1]


Channa argus (Spotted snakehead)[1]
Ciconia boyciana (Oriental Stork)[2]
Silurus asotus (Far Eastern catfish)[1]


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External References


Attributes / relations provided by
1Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
2Oriental Stork, BirdLife International (2001) Threatened birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book. Cambridge, UK: BirdLife International.
3Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0