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Tire-track eel   (Mastacembelus armatus)
Category: Fish



These eel-like fish are native to India, Pakistan, Sumatra, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and other parts of Southeast Asia. They are widely popular as aquarium fish and as a food source in their native regions. They are nocturnal bottom dwellers that consume a variety of small fish and invertebrates such as benthic insect larvae, earthworms, and blackworms, as well as some submerged plant material.




Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Actinopterygii
Order - Synbranchiformes
Family - Mastacembelidae
Genus - Mastacembelus
Species - M. armatus

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