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  • Fresh Water Species

Stracheyi Mahseer, Neolissochilus stracheyi

This species of mahseer is easy to identify thanks to its dark lateral stripe starting behind the head and extending to the caudal-fin. However, it seems to often present important phenotypical variations depending on the characteristics of its surrounding biotope, resulting in darker or lighter colorations, a loss of that dark lateral stripe and sometimes blue colorations that give it its other name “the blue mahseer”. (read more...)

Hampala, Hampala macrolepidota

Hampalas  are easy to identify by their colour pattern comprising a dark vertical band originating anterior to the dorsal-fin and extending below the lateral line towards the pelvic fin; the caudal fin is orange to red with black marginal stripes in both lobes of the caudal-fin. Juveniles usually present an additional vertical bar on the caudal peduncle as well as a black teardrop-shaped marking on the cheek... (read more...)

Burmese Trout, Raiamas guttatus

The Burmese trout is a species of ray-finned fish in the genus Raiamas.

It can be easily mistaken with its cousin the trout barb (Raiamas bola) from which it differs by the presence of a pair of short maxillary barbels. Raiamas bola on the other hand do not have barbels but presents a deep cleft in the mouth.

Their colour varies depending on the surrounding environment, but it is mostly silvery with very lightly coloured purple spots on the body. The top of the body is also slightly darker than the belly, from light brown to dirty green. (read more...)

Tarpon (Indo-Pacific Tarpon), Megalops cyprinoides

In appearance, it is like the Atlantic tarpon, Megalops atlanticus: olive-green on top, and silver on the sides. The large mouth is turned upwards; the lower jaw contains an elongated, bony plate. The last ray of the dorsal fin is much longer than the others, reaching nearly to the tail. It is capable of filling its swim bladder with air and absorbing oxygen from it. Those living in fresh water tend to be smaller than the ones living in saltwater, growing just over 50 cm (20 in), while saltwater examples grow over 1 m (3.3 ft). They live upwards of 44 years and mature within two. (read more...)

Stiped Snakehead, Channa striata

The striped snakehead has a long body characterized with dark black-brown on the upper section of its body, and bands of a white on its belly. The striped snakehead can reach lengths up to 100cm and up to 3 kg. The female striped snakehead is larger than the male. Juveniles present a tan coloring with dark brown stripes... (read more...)

Semah mahseer, Neolissochilus sp.

This species of mahseer remains quite small with a max size of approximately 30-35 cm. Its belly is silvery white while its back changes from dark green to dark grey with golden scales. Fins are usually changing from grey to dark red depending on individuals, probably influences by local conditions of the environment... (read more...)

Tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus

Tilapia are shaped much like sunfish but can be easily identified by an interrupted lateral line characteristic of the Cichlid family of fishes. They are laterally compressed and deep-bodied with long dorsal fins. The forward portion of the dorsal fin is heavily spined. Spines are also found in the pelvis and anal fins. There are usually wide vertical bars down the sides of fry, fingerlings, and sometimes adults... (read more...)

More to come!!!

There are more fresh water sport fish across Myanmar, including big, strong fighters. We are working to locate these species and understand how to best catch them on fly. Have a look below at what's possible...

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