Fish Species in Thailand – Freshwater Species

 

Fish Species Cheow Lan Lake

Our lake and jungle rivers offer the angler the opportunity to catch many different fish species. Some of these fish are only found in Thailand and the neighboring countries.

 

Cheow Lan Lake, where we fish is home to some of the most popular sport fish species in Thailand. The flooded freshwater reservoir “Cheow Lan” has created a perfect habitat for large populations of many different species of fish. Below you can read a description of a small selection of fish species that live in the Lake and rivers in Khao Sok National Park.

 

The species listed below are all a natural part of the fish species that living in Cheow Lan Lake. The information on each species includes; fish identification, scientific classification, local name, common name, natural environment, and also maximum weight and maximum length.

 

Asian River Catfish

Common name: River Catfish, Asian River Catfish, Green Catfish. Fish species: Hemibagrus nemurus. Thai Name: Pla Kot Luang.

 

The Asian River catfish (Hemibagrus nemerus) is a freshwater fish species; in the bagrid catfish family (family Bagridae) of order Siluriformes (catfish). Native found in the Mekong, Chao Phraya, Maeklong, Peninsular and also Southeast Thailand river systems.   Read more…

 

Forest Snakehead

Common name: Forest snakehead or Splendid Snakehead. Fish species: Channa Lucius. Thai Name: Pla Ka Song.

 

The Forest snakehead is found throughout Asia, in Thailand, Japan, southern China, Vietnam, Taiwan and also the Philippines. It is a smaller member of the Channidae (snakehead) family of fish and an extremely aggressive predatory fish.  Read  more…

 

Giant Snakehead

Common name: Giant snakehead, Toman, Redline snakehead. Fish species: Channa micropeltes. Thai Name: Pla Shado.

 

The Giant snakehead or giant mud-fish is the second largest species in the family Channidae; capable of growing to over 1 m in length (3.3 ft) and a weight of over 20 kg (44 lb). It is widely distributed in the fresh waters of Southeast Asia and also in some regions of India. Read more…

 

Great Snakehead

Common name: Cobra Snakehead, Great Snakehead, Bulls Eye Snakehead. Fish species: Channa marulius. Thai Name: Pla Tjon Gnoo How.

 

Great Snakehead Fish (Channa marulius) is native to the most of Southeast Asia. They have been introduced to many other areas and have adapted to others places, including several states in the US. Read more…

 

Striped Snakehead

Common name: Striped Snakehead, Snakehead Murrel, Common Snakehead, Chevron Snakehead. Fish species: Channa striata. Thai Name: Pla Chon.

 

Striped Snakehead (Channa striata) is another freshwater fish species in the Snakehead family (family Channidae). It is also known as the common Snakehead, chevron Snakehead, and murrel Snakehead. Read more…

 

Giant Mekong catfish

Common name: Giant Mekong Catfish, Mekong Giant Catfish. Fish species: Pangasianodon gigas. Thai Name: Pla buk.

 

Giant Mekong Catfish; is a species of catfish in the shark catfish family, native to the Mekong basin in Southeast Asia; with recorded sizes of up to 10.5 ft (3.2 m) and 660 lb (300 kg). Giant Mekong Catfish currently holds the Guinness Book of World Records’ position…..  Read more…

 

Hampala Barb

Common name: Jungle Perch, Hampala barb. Fish species: Hampala macrolepidota. Thai Name: Pla Kasoop Kit.

 

The Hampala Barb is also like Thai Mahseer one of the predator fish of the Cyprinid family (carp); they are easy to identify from the others by its streamlined body, covered with silver to gold scales. With a combination of dark vertical bands running downwards…. Read more…

 

Tinfoil Barb

Common name: Tinfoil Barb, Goldfoil Barb, Brassen barbe. Fish species: Barbonymus schwanenfeldii. Thai Name: Pla Tapien Ang Daeng

 

The Tinfoil Barb is a tropical Southeast Asian freshwater fish of the family Cyprinidae. It is a benthopelagic and potamodromous species native to Brunei Darsm, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and also Vietnam. Read more…

 

Blue Mahseer

Common name: Stracheyi Mahseer, Blue Mahseer. Fish species: Neolissochilus stracheyi. Thai Name: Pla Puang.

 

Blue Mahseer live in the same locations as Thai Mahseer; Distribution in Asia, from Myanmar through Thailand and possibly to the Cardamon Range, Salween, Maeklong, and also Chao Phraya peninsular in the Southeast Thailand river systems. Read more…

 

Thai Mahseer

Common name: Greater Brook Carp, Thai Mahseer. Fish species: Tor tambroides. Thai Name: Pla Wien.

 

The natural habitats for Thai Mahseer are located in South East Asia. There are reported catches from Malaysia, Thailand, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, and also Myanmar (Burma). The Thai Mahseer is a predator member of the family Cyprinid (carp). Thai Mahseer inhabits both clear rivers and lakes. Read more…

 

Giant Gourami

Common name: Giant gourami, Giant gouramy. Fish species: Osphronemus goramy. Thai Name: Pla Let.

 

The Giant Gourami (Osphronemus goramy) is a freshwater fish belonging to the sub-family Osphroneminae in the family Osphronemidae; some other larger members of this family are also occasionally or regionally referred to as “giant gourami”…..  Read more…

 

Giant Featherback

Common name: Giant Featherback, Indonesian Featherback also called Black Featherback. Fish species: Chitala lopis. Thai Name: Pla Satu.

 

The Giant Featherback is a member of the Notopteridae species; (meaning “back fin”) Featherback or knifefish are a family of bony-tongues (Osteoglossiformes). The bony-tongues are a primitive but highly successful family of fishes which have been….. Read more…

 

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