giant pangasius

Scientific name Pangasius sanitwongsei
Descriptor Smith
Year of description 1931
IUCN category CR
Family Siluridae
Genus Pangasius
Pangasius sanitwongsei Pangasius sanitwongsei


Pangasius sanitwongsei, commonly known as giant pangasius, is a fresh water fish from the Asia.

Who is it?


  • Average size
    50 cm
  • Maximum size
    300 cm
  • Longevity
    20 year
  • Average size
    50 cm
  • Maximum size
    300 cm
  • Longevity
    20 year

How to recognize the giant pangasius ?

This fish has the particularity to possess several pairs of barbels, which allow him to search the bottom and to detect the food thus moved.

The giant pangasius measures between 50 and 300 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly blanc and gris body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The giant pangasius hunts in the stalk and is one of the predators of its biotope. Opportunistic, it does not hesitate to attack any smaller animal nearby.

The giant pangasius is a fish solitary naturally found at mid-depth. This species is carnivorous .

Although the giant pangasius is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction
  • Migratory species

The giant pangasius is a fish ovipare.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    22 - 28 °C
  • pH (acidity)
    5.5 - 7

Biotope presentation

The giant pangasius is most often found at a depth between 0m and 6m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths. This animal evolves in areas characterized by a strong presence of vegetation (aquatic and marsh plants, decaying organic matter, roots...).

This species lives near large roots, in which it can find refuge in case of danger. This type of habitat is often found not far from the banks.

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