The Siamese tigerfish (''Datnioides pulcher''), also known as the Siamese tiger perch, is a critically endangered
Asian fish native to the Chao Phraya
, Mae Klong
It has vertical yellow and black stripes running the length of its body. The dorsal fin
has a spiny appearance.
Siamese tigerfish grow to in standard length
The many species within ''Datnioides'' are quite commonly confused. ''Datnioides pulcher'' is the Siamese tigerfish, or wide-bar datnoid. ''Datnioides microlepis'' is the Indonesian tiger datnoid. ''Datnioides polota'' is the silver datnoid.
In the aquarium
It prefers a pH of 7.6–8.0, and a temperature of 22–26 °C (72–79 °F). The Siamese tigerfish is predatory and will eat smaller fish, various live foods, and frozen foods. Many hobbyists pellet-train their datnoids to reduce the risk of disease and parasites from live food. Captive ones are generally smaller than their wild counterparts, though may still require a large aquarium.
''D. pulcher'' is protected in Thailand, and is on the IUCN Red List as critically endangered.
[Binohlan, C. B., Torres, A. G., & van Uitert, K. (n.d.). Datnioides pulcher (Kottelat, 1998); Siamese tiger perch. In FishBase. Retrieved October 6, 2013, from http://www.fishbase.org/summary/50395]
*List of brackish aquarium fish species
Category:Fish described in 1998
Category:Fish of Thailand