Fresh Water Fish Series III
When we talk about fresh water fish, there is not much information that we know on their habitat except by conducting an in-depth study of their environment. We might be getting numerous tales from enthusiastic anglers of their encounters and experiences. As we all know, every single species differs from their physical appearances, shapes, colours. The complexity of their multiple shapes, colours and behaviour somehow reflects their natural habitat.
Fresh Water Fish Series III is specially produced to provide information on the uniqueness and specialty of these precious fresh water fishes. To name a few, species such as "temoleh", "sebarau", "patin" and "keli" which are much loved by anglers to the kampong folks favourite fish dish like the "belida" are included. Each of them has their own attraction and will definitely add colour to the world of fresh water fishes. Undoubtedly these countless species will bridge the relation between human, nature and ecology.
Jelawat (Leptobarbus hoevenii)
Jelawat is a carp and can be found mostly in large rivers and streams. It can also be found in Pahang and Perak. With elongated body, broad head and flattened top, the upper half of body is light green while its belly and lower half is white, with a touch of red at the tip of its lower fins. It feeds on prawns, insect larvae and parts of leaves. This fish is know for its delicious taste and is one of the most expensive and puts up quite a fight to the anglers. They can also be found in Thailand, Sumatra and Borneo.
Patin (Pangasius sp.)
Patin can be found in rives and estuaries. It is a popular fresh water fish and is reared commercially for the aquaculture activities. It has a mix of greenish-greyish back and green upper part of its head with a light shiny belly and bumpy head. They can also be found in India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Indonesia and Thailand. It feeds on fish remains and decayed organics.
Sebarau (Hampala macrolepidota)
Sebarau can be found in rivers and streams with strong currents with sandy to muddy waters. This fish is a valuable fresh water recreation fish. Known for its fighting spirit, it aggressively fights the angler. With elongated and compressed body and fins in dark red and yellowish colour, as well as large scales with blackish linings and silverish grey body makes Sebarau an attractive fish. They thrives on insects, fragments and fish remains.
Temoleh (Probarbus jullieni)
This fish can be found in Perak and Pahang and it is said to be the largest species of the Cyprinids in Peninsular Malaysia. Temoleh thrives on shelled molluscs and water plants. The body has 7 narrow horizontal black stripes with its upper half of the body in olive and lower half creamy yellow colour. The head is bright greenish yellow with fins in light pink. These wonderful colours are complimented by a blackish end tail. Temoleh is truly a beautiful fresh water fish.
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