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Buying Guide and Glossary

Ponga (Pangasius Pangasius)

Other Names: Pangas, Pangas Catfish, Pangash, Swai, Punagas, Pungas, River Catfish, Yellowtail Catfish

Identification & Biology: Shark catfishes; Found in large rivers and estuaries. Occurs in high estuary (freshwater tidal zone) as juveniles, moving to brackish water as sub-adults, and finally as adults to river mouths and inshore areas. Longevity given as 10 years but appears too low. Feeds on snails, other mollusks and plants.

Range & Habitat: Reared for consumption in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam

Market Description: excellent food fish with very white fine grained sweet flesh. 

Availability: Year Round