Daily Archives: September 26, 2012

Pangasius Catfish ( Pangasianodon hypophthalmus )



Common Name:  Pangasius, Creme Dory, Striped Catfish, Swai, Hammerhead

Local Name:  Kanduli (Tagalog – incorrect);  Creme Dory (Cebuano)

Max Size:  130 cm (44 kgs)

Biodiversity:  Freshwater, Introduced,

Depth:  0 – ?? m

Fishing Season:  All Year Long

Minimum Size Limit:   none

Recommended Bait:  Doughbait

IUCN Red List Status:  Least Concern (LC)

Creme Dory Fish

CJ’s Pangasius

Here is a fine 3kg specimen of the Pangasius Catfish, also known as Creme Dory, Pangasius, Hammerhead Shark(in the aquarium trade) and Iridescent Shark.  These catfish were introduced allegedly in 1982 from Thailand where they are native as a food fish and an ornamental fish.  This fish was mainly found in the aquarium trade before, but more recently has been raised in ponds as a food fish.  Currently there are pangasius breeders in Laguna and Pampanga breeding these fish on a large scale.  These fish are known to be present in Taal Lake, Tadlac Lake, Laguna Lake, and many other ponds, lakes and rivers in around the country.  They can grow to a maximum size of 130cm weighing up to 44kgs.  This one pictured above was caught in a private pond.  These fish frequently take dough balls, bread and other baits made from plant material.