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  • Trichopodus pectoralis  Regan, 1910: 784 (original description).
    FAO Names
    En - Snakeskin gourami, Fr - Gourami peau de serpent, Sp - Gurami piel de serpiente.
    3Alpha Code: FGS     Taxonomic Code: 1761001302
    Diagnostic Features
    Dorsal fin with 6 spines and 10-11 branched rays; origin far behind pectoral fin base. Anal fin with 9-12 spines and 33-38 branched rays. Pelvic fin with a long filamentous ray and 2 to 3 small rays in the axil.  Lateral line with 55-63 scales. 
    Geographical Distribution
    Indonesian lakes (Malay Peninsula, Thailand, Singapore).
    Habitat and Biology
    Lives in lakes, ponds and still sluggish waters.Generally feeds on aquatic plants.Can breathe air directly, as well as absorb oxygen from water through its gills.
    Attains about 20 cm; common 12-15 cm.
    Interest to Fisheries
    The total catch reported for this species to FAO for 1999 was 21 320 t. The countries with the largest catches were Indonesia (21 320 t). Caught with seines, set nets, cast nets, and traps.
    The flesh is of good quality; may be grilled or used for fish soup. In Thailand there is a trade of dried pla salid for the benefit of people in areas where it is not caught. Marketed fresh and cultured both for food and for export as aquarium fish.
    Local Names
    English : Bubble nest builder ,  Siamese gourami ,  Snakeskin gourami ,  Snakeskin gouramy .
    Khmer : Trey kawnthor .
    Laotian : Pa sa lit .
    Malay/Indonesian : Sepat siam .
    Spanish : Gourami aplanado .
    Thai : Pla salid .
    Vietnamese : Cá sat rang .
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    Rainboth, W.L. - 1996FAO species identification field guide for fishery purposes. Fishes of the Cambodian Mekong. Rome, FAO. 1996: 265 pp.
    Vogt, D. & H. Wermuth. - 1966Acuarios y Terrarios. Manual práctico de vivariocultura. Editorial Omega, S. A. barcelona. 284 pp.
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