Fish species Thailand
Fish species Thailand
Fish species Thailand

Fish Species in Thailand – Freshwater Species

Cheow Lan lake and Khao sok’s 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.

The freshwater fishing in 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.

Fish Species Thai MahseerThai 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. Preferring clear well oxygenated, running water and dark environments. Read more…

Fish Species Blue MahseerBlue 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. Blue Mahseer inhabits clear forested streams and rivers, and like to stay close to rapids, which afford the shy and elusive Mahseer plenty of cover and use rocky bottoms for breeding. Read more…

Fish Species Hampala BarbHampala 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 from the anterior of the dorsal fin to below the lateral line. And black marginal striping in both lobes of the caudal fin. Read more…

Fish Species Giant GouramiGiant 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” This includes the banded and three spotted gourami. In turn this species are also sometimes known as the rainbow, or striped gourami.  Read more…

Fish Species Asian River CatfishAsian 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. Members of this genus have depressed heads, rugose head shields not covered by skin. A slender occipital process and moderately long adipose fins, so easily distinguished from other bagrids.  Read more…

Fish Species Forest SnakeheadForest 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. Inhabits the silty weedy bottoms of still water, but also in slow-running rivers; with lots of caves and aquatic vegetation to hide in. It is able to breathe atmospheric air which allows the species to survive in moist conditions outside water over long periods.  Read  more…

Fish Species Giant SnakeheadGiant 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.Other names include red or redline snakehead, Malabar snakehead, and Toman. Read more…

Fish Species Great SnakeheadGreat 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. Great Snakehead has dark eyes, a dipped snake like head with jutting bottom jaw and is brown/gold-tinted to pale gray to dark brown with large black blotches. . 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 ( 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…

Fish Species Tinfoil BarbTinfoil 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. lives in large rivers as well as in streams, ditches and manmade canals and can also enter flooded fields.. 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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