field guide to the freshwater fishes of singapore

Index of fishes
General parts of a fish
Kelvin K P Lim and Peter K L Ng
  Family Siluridae
These Asian and European catfishes are characterised by the absence of adipose fins, no spine in the usually small or absent dorsal fin and a long anal fin which sometimes joins the tail fin. Many have long, wavy barbels, usually carried forward when they are swimming.

Genus Silurichthys
photo of whole fish, side viewHasselt's Catfish
Silurichthys hasseltii
Ikan Gemang Darat,
name in chinese characters

Primarily freshwater fish; 14 cm; oviparous; mainly carnivorous (small benthic invertebrates and insects); solitary; benthic. Indigenous, endangered. Forest streams.

close-up photo of head of hasselt's catfishThis shy nocturnal fish often hides under accumulations of submerged leaf-litter in the day, and emerges at night to feed. It swims by undulating its long anal fin.

There appears to be slight variation in its body coloration, ranging from beige, chestnut to almost black.
Freshwater habitats
Fishes in Singapore
Amazing Fishy Facts
About the guidebook
From A Guide to Common Freshwater Fishes of Singapore by Kelvin K P Lim and Peter K L Ng
Published by the Singapore Science Centre and sponsored by BP

@Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and Singapore Science Centre