New catfish described from aquarium trade


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A new species of silurid catfish has been described from southern Borneo from specimens obtained in the aquarium trade.

Publishing the description of Ompok supernus in a recent issue of the journal Zootaxa, author Heok Hee Ng identifies the species as a member of the Ompok leiacanthus species group.

Ng distinguishes it from other members of the genus in having its eyes placed higher on top of the head, a mottled brown body and a rounded snout.

The new species is named after its elevated eye position (from the Latin meaning that which is above) and, like other members of the O. leiacanthus species group, inhabits blackwater habitats.

For more information, see the paper: Ng, HH (2008) Ompok supernus, a new catfish (Teleostei: Siluridae) from Borneo. Zootaxa 1877, pp. 59"68.