TYPE OF FISH IN TAMAN NEGARA NATIONAL PARK PAHANG

When Taman Negara is mentioned, many think of rivers teeming with various fish species because the Taman Negara area is protected and well-regulated by the Department of Wildlife.

In Taman Negara, there are several tributaries connected to the main river, the Tembeling River. These tributaries are mostly within Taman Negara, such as the Tahan River, Trenggan River, Yong River, Keniam River, Perkai River, and several others.

Fishing activities in these rivers are only allowed through angling, and not all rivers permit entry. Fishing is only allowed in the Keniam River, Perkai River, Sat River, and Tahan River, subject to strict conditions and the requirement to obtain entry permits, fishing permits, and boat inspections.

Here is a list of 10 fish species found in the rivers of Taman Negara Pahang:

Red Mahseer (Ikan Kelah Merah)
Red Mahseer is commonly found and caught in rivers with clear and rapid waters. It prefers areas with fast-flowing water because its food sources are abundant in such areas. Red Mahseer is also known for its cleverness in escaping detection or capture. It is sensitive to movement, scent, and the color of our clothing. It can be caught using a fishing rod with palm oil bait, but patience, precision, and perseverance are required by anglers. Red Mahseer is often referred to as the “Fish King” and is the most expensive fish species in Taman Negara. It has rough scales and a golden-red color.

Hemibagrus (Patin Buah)
Hemibagrus prefers deep waters because it likes to stay at the riverbed and swim freely. It is challenging to catch due to its wild and fast-swimming nature. The locals in Taman Negara commonly use the “Tajuk” technique to catch Patin Buah, where a line and hook are tied to a tree branch at the river’s edge, and small fish are used as bait. Fishing techniques using palm oil bait or small fish can also be effective. It has a smooth body, a long shape, and stinging spines on both sides of the head.

Giant Snakehead (Ikan Tembelian)
This species is a mega-sized fish found in the rivers of Taman Negara. It prefers deep or pool areas. It is challenging to catch, but with luck using palm oil bait, small fish, or tree worm bait, anglers can successfully catch this mega-sized fish. It is known for its aggressive behavior during the spawning season, often seen battling in rapids and shallow water. It has scales and a reddish color.

Wallago Attu (Ikan Kenerak)
This fish likes to stay at the muddy bottom of deep pools. It hides in the mud to catch small fish as a food source. It has a smooth body with grey and black camouflage-like patterns.

Wallago Leerii (Ikan Tapah)
Tapah is the largest fish species in the Taman Negara rivers. It is challenging to spot and catch due to its less active nature, preferring to stay at the deep river bottom. It has a sleek body similar to the Patin fish and a large head, with a grayish-yellow color.

Hampala Barb (Ikan Sebarau)
This fish has whitish clear scales and enjoys playing in rocky rapids and fast-flowing water. It is known for its fast movements to escape or chase small fish for food. It can be tamed using casting techniques.

Barbonymus Schwanenfeldii (Ikan Kerai)
This small-scaled fish has a whitish color and likes to play in fast-flowing water. It is popular among the locals for its soft and delicious meat. This fish likes to feed on fruits from forest trees growing along the Taman Negara riverbanks.

Cyclocheilichthys Apogon (Ikan Lampam)
This fish has smooth white scales, and the Javanese Lampam species has a bit of orange color on the lower part of the body. It is commonly found in clear water areas and along riverbanks, making it easy for it to find food such as water worms.

Bagridae (Ikan Baung)
This sleek, long-bodied fish comes in gray/black/yellowish colors. There are two species of Baung in Taman Negara, namely Baung Akar and Baung Kuning. They are often found in muddy water areas, woody areas, and under the roots of trees along the riverbanks.

Mystacoleucus Tengara (Ikan Tengalan)
This scaly, leper-shaped fish likes to stay in calm and clear waters. Its favorite food is water worms and forest fruit.

In reality, there are many more fish species in Taman Negara rivers. The people of Taman Negara mostly fish for their family’s food. With the cooperation of the Pahang Fisheries Department, the fish species in Taman Negara can be conserved and improved through various release programs of fish fry of different species carried out by the Pahang Fisheries Department in collaboration with the Taman Negara Wildlife Department.

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