Animalia > Chordata > Actinopterygii > Siluriformes > Pangasiidae > Pangasius > Pangasius sanitwongsei

Pangasius sanitwongsei (Pangasid-catfish; Pla Thepa; Chao Phraya giant catfish; Dog-eating catfish; Giant pangasius)

Synonyms: Pangasius beani; Pangasius sanitwangsei
Language: Danish; Finnish; Khmer; Laotian; Mandarin Chinese; Thai; Vietnamese

Wikipedia Abstract

The giant pangasius, paroon shark, pangasid-catfish or Chao Phraya giant catfish (Pangasius sanitwongsei) is a species of freshwater fish in the shark catfish family (Pangasiidae) of order Siluriformes, found in the Chao Phraya and Mekong basins in Indochina. Its populations have declined drastically, mainly due to overfishing, and it is now considered Critically Endangered.
View Wikipedia Record: Pangasius sanitwongsei

Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Pangasius sanitwongsei


Migration [1]  Potamodromous
Top 100 Endangered [2]  Yes

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Xishuangbanna Nature Reserve V 567531 Yunnan, China  

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)


Asia - Inland waters; Asia: Chao Phraya and Mekong basins.; Cambodia; Chao Phraya River; China; Lao People's Dem. Rep.; Mekong; Oriental; Thailand; Tonle Sap; Viet Nam;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Baillie, J.E.M. & Butcher, E. R. (2012) Priceless or Worthless? The world’s most threatened species. Zoological Society of London, United Kingdom.
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