Species

Freshwater Fish Species in Thailand

Alligator Gar

The Alligator Gar is a freshwater predator fish species which is indigenous to the USA and has been widely imported to Thailand. The prehistoric Alligator Gar has reached weights of 100kg’s and is an aggressive predator.

alligator gar

Arapaima

The Arapaima Gigas is the largest scaled freshwater fish in the world and is indigenous to the Amazon basin.The Arapaima has been introduced to fishing lakes in Thailand where it has reached world record proportions.

arapaima

Arowana

The Asian Arowana in Thailand is a freshwater predatory fish which is capable of amazing bursts of acceleration enabling it to snatch prey from overhanging trees.

fishing in thailand

Atlantic Tarpon

The Atlantic Tarpon is one of the worlds most sought after saltwater game fish which has attained gigantic weights in the excess of 160kg’s. Atlantic Tarpon have now been introduced to fishing lakes in Thailand.

Atlantic tarpon

Barb, Bony Lipped

The Bony Lipped Barb is a native freshwater carp species found in Thailand and throughout South East Asia and inhabits streams and rivers

bony lipped barb

Barb, Golden Belly

The Golden Belly Barb is a native freshwater carp species which is indigenous to Thailand occurring in the Mekong River, Chao Phraya River and Maeklong Rivers and their tributaries.

golden belly barb

Barb, Hampala

The Hampala Barb or Jungle Perch is a predatory member of the Cyprinidae (carps) family found in various parts of South East Asia. This Thai carp species is found in the Mekong and Chaophraya basins in Thailand in addition to the Malay Peninsula and Indon.

Barb Hampala

Barb, Java

The Java Barb is native carp species to Thailand and several other Asian countries and is one of Thailand’s smaller and lesser known freshwater fish species.

Barb Java

Barb, mad

The Mad Barb or Hoven’s Carp is a beautiful Asian carp species found in Thailand,Malaysia and Borneo which is also refered to as the Mad Carp or Cigar Shark.

barb mad

Barb, red tailed tinfoil

The Red-Tailed Tinfoil Barb is one of Thailand’s smaller carp species which inhabits rivers throughout the Chaophraya and Mekong River Basins.

barb, red tailed tinfoil

Barb, smiths

The Smiths Barb is one of several Barb species native to Thailand which are found in streams, rivers and inland reservoirs such as Srinakrin Dam in Kanchanburi

barb smiths

Barb, soldier river

The Soldier River Barb is another beautiful Thailand carp or Barb species which is widely distributed throughout South East Asia and Thailand’s Mekong Basin and surrounding areas.

barb soldier river

Barramundi

The Barramundi is imported to Thailand is a highly prized freshwater sport fish popular with anglers across the world which is well known for its hard fighting qualities and aerial and acrobatic displays and is capable of reaching weights upto 37kg+.

Barramundi

Bass, Peacock

The South American Peacock Bass is highly prized by sport fishermen around the world and has been imported into several fishing lakes and ponds throughout Thailand.

bass peacock

Boeseman Croaker

The Boeseman Croaker is a member of the Perciformes family of fishes and is found in the Mekong River, Ban Pakong River and various other river systems of Thailand

boeseman croaker

Carp, Bighead

The Bighead carp has Chinese origins and is also widespread throughout Asia, including Thailand and reaching as far afield as Europe and even the USA.

carp bighead

Carp, Black Shark Minnow

The Black Sharkminnow Carp or Black Shark is an Asian Carp species which is native to Thailand which feeds on plankton and algae in the rivers and reservoirs of Thailand

carp catla

Carp, catla

The Catla Carp is a member of the Cyprinidae (carp) family which is indigenous to Northern India. This rarely encountered carp species is present in various waters throughout Thailand reaching weights to 45kg’s.

carp catla

Carp, Common

The Common Carp is a large carp species which is found throughout the world and has been stocked into various freshwater lakes and ponds throughout Thailand

carp common

Carp, Giant Siamese

The Giant Siamese Carp or Giant Barb is found in the lakes and river systems of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Southern Vietnam and is the largest carp species in the world reaching weights exceeding 100kg’s

carp giant siamese

Carp, Julliens Golden Price

The stunning Julliens Golden Price Carp is one of the rarest of Thailand’s monster carp species reaching weights approaching 70kg’s and a highly sought after prize by anglers visiting Thailand.

carp juliens golden prize

Carp, Koi

The Koi Carp is a beautiful ornamental species of carp which is present in several freshwater fishing lakes and ponds throughout Thailand

carp koi

Carp, Silver

The Silver Carp is native to the lowland rivers and lakes of China, but has been stocked in various fisheries in Thailand

carp silver

Carp, Yellow Cheek

The Yellow Cheek Carp is a cyprinid species (carp species)with a range which extends throughout Asia from the Amur River in Russia through China and the Lam River in Vietnam

carp yellow cheek

Catfish, Albino Striped

The Striped Albino Catfish is a highly distinctive member of the pangasiidae family of Thailand catfishes which is clearly distinguishable by its brilliant white colouration.

catfish albino striped

Catfish, Asian Redtail

The Asian Redtail catfish is a highly aggressive and predatory monster freshwater fish which is native to the wild freshwater rivers of Thailand and is capable of reaching weights upto 80kg’s.

catfish asian redtail

Catfish, Black Ear

The Black Ear Catfish is a rarely seen freshwater predatory monster fish which is native to some of the larger rivers of Thailand

catfish black eared

Catfish, Chaophraya

The Chaophraya Catfish, also known as the ‘Dog eating Catfish’, is a predatory megafish native to the Chaophraya and Mekong basins in Thailand where it has attained gigantic weights to almost 100kg’s.

catfish chaophraya

Catfish, Crystal Eyed

The Crystal Eyed Catfish is another of Thailands lesser known freshwater predators which keenly seeks out unsuspecting prey with its sensory whiskers.

catfish crystal eyed

Catfish, Firewood

The Firewood Catfish is another recent arrival to the Thailand fishing scene from the Amazon and Orinoco basins in South America

catfish firewood

Catfish, Giant Sea

The Giant Sea Catfish is another member of the Ariidae (Sea catfish) family of fishes which inhabits marine waters and brackish estuaries of Thailand’s various river systems.

catfish giant sea

Catfish, Goonch

The awesome Goonch Catfish in Thailand is one of Thailand’s most sought after and fearsome predatory catfish feeding on a varied diet of small fish, insects and other aquatic creatures in the rivers of Thailand.

catfish goonch

Catfish, Marbled

The Marbled Catfish is a species of whiskered catfish from South America which has recently been introduced to the fishing lakes and ponds of Thailand

catfish marbled

Catfish, Giant Mekong

The Giant Mekong Catfish in Thailand is a contender for the world’s largest freshwater fish and has been caught at incredible weights to 293kg’s in the wild. Although endangered in its wild habitat, this species is widely stocked into fishing lakes in Thailand.

catfish mekong

Catfish, Niger Ripsaw

The awesome Niger ‘Ripsaw’ Catfish is an imported armoured catfish species from South America which has reached world record weights in the fishing lakes of Thailand.

catfish, niger ripsaw

Catfish, Pirariba

The awesome Pirariba Catfish or Goliath Catfish from the Amazon and Orinoco basins another Amazon monster catfish recently introduced to Thailand’s commercial fishing scene.

catfish pirariba

Catfish, Redtail

The Redtail Catfish is a member of the Pimelodidae (whiskered catfish) family and is found throughout the Amazon Basin.  The Redtail Catfish is presnt in various freshwater fisheries in Thailand reaching world record weights approaching 50kg’s

catfish redtail

Catfish, Salween Rita

The Salween Rita Catfish is a rarely seen Thailand catfish species which can reportedly reach lengths of almost two meters and is found in various parts of South East Asia including the Mekong basin in Thailand.

catfish salween rita

Catfish, Sharptooth

The Sharptooth Catfish is a freshwater predator found throughout the African continent and has been widely exported to Thailand.  The Sharptooth Catfish is an aggressive and ravenous predator which feeds on a diet of both live and dead fishes.

catfish sharptooth

Catfish, Striped

The muscular Striped Catfish is member of the Pangasiidae (shark catfishes) family of fish and is a native species to Thailand in the Mekong and Chaophraya basins

catfish striped

Catfish, Suckermouth

The Suckermouth Catfish is a member of the Loricariidae (Armored catfishes) family of fish found in South America and is present in various freshwater environments in Thailand.

catfish suckermouth

Catfish, Thai Shark

The Thai Shark Catfish is a native species of Thailand catfish which is found throughout the Mekong basin and Chaophraya basins in Thailand in addition to being present in Borneo, Sumatra and the Malay peninsula.

catfish thai shark

Catfish, Thick spined

The Thick Spined Catfish in Thailand can be found in both brackish and marine environments which is armed with sharp spines to ward off predators.

catfish thick spined

Catfish, Truncated Estuarine

The Truncated Estuarine Catfish is a member of the Ariidae family of fishes (Sea Catfish)and is found in the marine and brackish environments of Thailand’s tidal river systems.

catfish truncated estuarine

Catfish, Vulture

The predatory and scavenging Vulture Catfish from the South American regions of the Amazon and Orinoco basins and has been imported to Thailand’s fishing lakes and ponds.

catfish vulture

Catfish, Vundu

The Vundu Catfish from Africa is an airbreathing catfish species which can attain weights in the excess of 55 kg’s which has recently been introduced into the fishing lakes of Thailand.

catfish vundu

Featherback, Grey

The Grey Featherback is a streamlined freshwater predator which is native to Thailand and its surrounding countries which preys on small fish and other aquatic prey.

featherback grey

Featherback, Indochina Blancs Striped

The Indochina Featherback or Blancs Striped Featherback is a predatory member of the Knifefish family of fishes and is widely distributed throughout Thailand.

featherback indochina-blanc-striped

Featherback, Spotted Clown

The Spotted Featherback or Clown Featherback is a voracious freshwater predator found in various freshwater environments throughout Thailand.

featherback spotted-clown

Fire Eel

The Fire Eel is a predatory fish species which is native to Thailand which is found in various rivers and streams throughout Thailand.

fire eel

Golden Dorado

The Golden Dorado is a native freshwater game fish from South America which is popular with fly and lure fishing enthusiasts which has recently been imported into the commercial fishing lakes and ponds of Thailand.

golden dorado

Goliath Tiger Fish

The Goliath Tiger fish is a fearsome looking predatory monster fish from the Congo River system and Lake Tanganyika in Africa which has now been stocked into the commercial fishing lakes of Thailand.

goliath tiger fish

Gourami, Giant

The Giant Gourami is an extremely beautiful and ornamental fish found throughout South East Asia and is found in Malaysia, Indonesia, Indo-china and Thailand.

gourami giant

Gourami, Kissing

The Kissing Gourami is a curious looking freshwater species found in Thailand which is easily distinguishable by it its strange pouting lips.

gourami kissing

Mahseer, Blue

The elusive and wily Blue Mahseer one of Thailand’s most sought after Mahseer species which resides in jungle streams and rivers

mah-eer, blue

Mahseer, Thai

The awesome Thai Mahseer is one of Thailand’s most sought after Mahseer species by both fly fishermen and lure fishing fans.

mahseer thai

Mangrove Jack

The Mangrove Jack or Sea Perch is a marine fish which is also found in brackish water and freshwater enviroments which has been successfully introduced in Thailand

mangrove jack

Marbled Sand Goby

The Marbled Sand Goby is the largest gobioid fish and although a relatively small fish by Thailand’s standards has a fearsome predatory appearance.

marbled sand goby

Mrigal

The Mrigal or Small Scale Mud Carp is a native carp species to the Indian subcontinent and has been widely exported to neighbouring countries in Asia including the fishing lakes and ponds of Thailand.

mrigal

Nandid Perch

The Nandid Perch or Malaysian Leaffish is one of the smaller Thailand freshwater fish species to be found in Thailand which is also known as the Malaysian Leaf fish

nandid perch

Nile Tilapia

The Nile Tilapia is a member of the Perciformes (perch-like fishes) order of fish originating from the African subcontinent in Rwanda and Uganda which has been extensively farmed in Thailand in aquaculture and stocked into fisheries.

nile tilapia

Pacu

The Red bellied Pacu in Thailand is a close relative of the Piranha group of fishes found in South America and is a member of the Characiformes (characins) family of fish feeding on a varied diet from fruits to small fish.

pacu

Payara

The hard fighting game fish the Payara known as the Vampire fish from the Amazon and Orinoco Basins in South America.

payara

Picuda Dorado

The Picuda is a South American freshwater fish species which has recently been imported to Thailand and stocked into some of Thailand’s commercial fishing lakes and ponds.  The Picuda Dorado is a popular sports fish in its native range of Columbia.

picuda dorado

Rohu

The Rohu is a member of the Cypriniformes (carps) family of fishes and is widely distributed throughout Asia in Pakistan, Nepal, Myanmar and Bangladesh in addition to Thailand.  The Rohu is an Asian carp species that feeds on various insects, crustaceans, plant and vegetable debris in the wild freshwater rivers and lakes that it inhabits in Asia.

rohu

Small Scale Archer fish

The Smallscale Archerfish or Toxotes microlepis is another curious Thai fish species which is well distributed throughout the Chaophraya and Mekong river basins which moves between marine and freshwater throughout its lifetime.

smallscale archerfish

Snakehead, Blotched

The Blotched Snakehead is one of the smaller Snakehead species found in Thailand and is a ferocious predator feeding on various types of aquatic prey

snakehead blotched

Snakehead, Cobra

The Cobra Snakehead is another less regularly seen Thailand Snakehead species which predates on small fish and other aquatic creatures in Khao Laem Dam and other dams,reservoirs and fishing lakes throughout Thailand

snakehead cobra

Snakehead, Emporer

The highly prized and much sought after Emperor Snakehead, a serpent-like predatory freshwater Thailand species which feeds on small fish frogs and various other aquatic creatures in Southern Thailand

snakehead emperor

Snakehead, Giant

The Giant Snakehead is a voracious predatory monster fish species which is native to Thailand and Southern Asia. The highly aggressive and menacing Giant Snakehead reaches weights upto 10kg’s and is an ambush hunter preying on various small fishes.

snakehead giant

Snakehead, Splendid

The Splendid Snakehead is a Thailand predatory fish species which is distributed through East Asia and is found in several of Thailand’s reservoirs and fishing lakes

snakehead splendid

Snakehead, Striped

The Striped Snakehead (or Banded Snakehead) is a freshwater predator which is found throughout Southern Asia and Thailand. The Striped Snakehead is an aggressive predator which feeds on all manner of small fishes reaching weights to 4kg’s

snakehead striped

Sorubim, Barred

The Barred Sorubim or ‘Tiger Catfish’ is an aggressive predatory fish found throughout the Amazon basin and South America and has been stocked into fishing lakes and ponds in Thailand.

sorubim barred

Sorubim, Spotted

The predatory Spotted Sorubim is a whiskered shovel-nosed catfish found throughout the Amazon basin and South America which is capable of reaching weights in excess of 50kg’s and has been stocked into various fisheries in Thailand.

sorubim spotted

Spottail Needlefish

The Spottail Needlefish is a small carnivorous fish species which inhabits marine and brackish environments in many if Thailand’s tidal rivers.

spottail-needlefish

Spotted Green Goby

The Spotted Green Goby is a small and ornate Thailand fish species widely distributed in rivers throughout the Mekong Delta and Chaophraya basins.

spotted green goby

Spotted Scat

The Spotted Scat is a small fish species in Thailand which is found in various tidal rivers and estuaries which should be handled with care due to spines covered in venom which can cause dizziness and pain.

spotted scat

Stingray, Cowtail

The Cowtail Stingray is a Stingray species found in Thailand in both brackish and marine waters which favours estuarine environments preying on various freshwater and marine prey fishes

stingray cowtail

Stingray, Giant Freshwater

The Giant Freshwater Stingray in Thailand is the largest freshwater fish on the planet reaching weights approaching 1000 lbs.The Giant freshwater stingray inhabits some of the wildest waters on earth including the Mekong, Maeklong and Bang Pakong Rivers.

stingray giant freshwater

Stingray, Whiptail

The Whiptail Stingray or Bleeker’s Whipray is a Thailand marine stingray species which is found in the Gulf of Thailand and the brackish estuarine environments of various rivers in Thailand.

stingray whiptail

Stingray, White edged freshwater

The White Edged freshwater stingray is one of Thailand’s lesser known and rarest freshwater stingray species and is found in various rivers and canals throughout Thailand.

Stingray, White Edged Freshwater

Tambaqui

The Tambaqui is an imported South American species which displays vibrant green colouration and large human-like teeth which is found in several fishing lakes throughout Thailand.

tambaqui

Wallago Leerii

The predatory Wallago Leerii is a Thai catfish in the family of Sheath Fish which is native to Thailand and Southern Asia.

wallago leerii

Wallagu Attu

The Wallagu Attu is a member of the predatory sheathfishes family of freshwater fish which is widely distributed throughout South East Asia and can be found in various rivers and lakes throughout Thailand.

wallagu attu

Wels Catfish

The predatory Wels Catfish from Europe has recently been introduced into some fishing lakes and ponds in Thailand.

wels catfish

Yellow Catfish

The Yellow Catfish is a native Thailand freshwater fish species which inhabits both fast flowing rivers and natural reservoirs attaining weights to 3.4kg’s.

yellow catfish

Zig Zag Eel

The Zig Zag Eel or Fire Eel is a nocturnal predatory species which feeds on benthic insects, worms and larvae in small streams and forest rivers throughout Thailand.

zig zag eel

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