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KELAH

 

 

Family

Cyprinidae

Local Name

Kelah

English Name

Malaysian Mahseer

Scientific Name

Tor tambroides

Size

Average size 10 - 30 centimetres and weighs about 1 - 2kg. Can grow to more than 7.0 kg and more than 50 cm in length though this size is very rarely caught

Morphology

Large scales present on the body. Colour yellowish with gold tinge. Present one pair of barbels at both ends of the mouth.

Biology

Known to spawn in the upper parts of the river systems. Being an omnivore, the diet mainly consists of fruits that fall into the river. They like to play against rapids. The spawners spawn in the rivers where are rapids. Eggs are deposited on rock or small stones where the water is calm so that the eggs are not washed away. Once hatched, the youngs will remain and eat on algae growing on rocks.

Distribution

Known to be found in Sungai Pertam, Sungai Terengganu Mati, Sungai Cicir, Sungai Perapik, Sungai Kerbat, Sungai Chendana, Sungai Chaching and the National Park area where the water is clear

Economic Importance

Highly priced fish. Market price ranges from RM18.00.00 to RM25.00/kg. Has potential for aquaculture especially in net cage culture in reservoirs where the water is clear


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