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Silurus asotus

Basic information
Scientific name Silurus asotus

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Common names Amur catfish
Higher taxon Siluridae, Siluriformes, Actinopterygii
Natural range E continental China, W Korean Peninsula, Taiwan, and Japan (Kinki District and western Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu).
Habitat Lakes and ponds, and middle to lower part of rivers.
Invasion information
Range in Japan Almost entire Japan mainland without natural population. Range in Japan
Origin Unknown.
Date No specimen older than 16 C have been found in eastern Japan.
Route Unknown.
Impact Predation on native species.
Native organism(s) affected: Native small fishes.
Regulation in Japan No action for prevention, mitigation, control, or eradication.
Introduced range in other countries None.
Reference Notes
  • Froese & Pauly (eds) (2009) FishBase (Accessed on 2010-12-07)
  • Kawanabe et al. (eds) (2002) Freshwater Fishes of Japan, 3rd ed.. Yama-kei Publishers, Tokyo (in Jpn)
  • Matsuzawa & Senou (2008) Alien fishes of Japan. Bun-ichi Sogo Shuppan, Tokyo (in Jpn)