Malaysian Fresh Water Fish
(25 May 2006)
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Fresh Water Fish Series III
When we talk about fresh water fish, there is not much
information that we know on their habitat except by conducting an
in-depth study of their environment. We might be getting numerous
tales from enthusiastic anglers of their encounters and experiences.
As we all know, every single species differs from their physical
appearances, shapes and colors. The complexity of their multiple
shapes, colors and behaviors somehow, reflects their natural habitats.
Fresh Water Fish Series III is specially produced to
provide information on the uniqueness and specialty of these precious
fresh water fishes. To name a few, species such as 'temoleh', 'sebarau',
'patin' and 'keli' which are much loved by anglers to the kampong
folks' favorite fish dish like the 'belida' are included. Each of them
has its very own attraction and will definitely add colors to the
world of fresh water fishes. Undoubtedly these countless species will
bridge the relation between human, nature and ecology.
Jelawat (Leptobarbus hoevenii)
Jelawat is a carp and can be found mostly in large
rivers and streams. It can also be found in Pahang and Perak. With
elongated body, broad head and flattened top, the upper half of the
body is light green while its belly and lower half is white, with a
touch of red at the tip of its lower fins. It feeds on shrimps,
insects larvae, and parts of leaves. This fish is known for its
delicious taste and is one of the most expensive and puts up quite a
fight to the anglers. They can also be found in Thailand, Sumatra and
Patin (Pangasius sp.)
Patin can be found in rivers and river mouths. It is a
popular fresh water fish and is reared commercially for aquaculture
activities. It has a mix of greenish-greyish back and light green
color on the upper part of its head with light shiny belly and bumpy
head. They can also be found in India, Bangladesh, Burma, Java and
Thailand. It feeds on fish remains and decayed organics.
Sebarau (Hampala macrolepidota)
Sebarau can be found at rivers and streams with strong
currents, with sandy to muddy waters. This fish is a valuable fresh
water recreation fish. Known for its fighting spirit and it
aggressively fights the anglers. With elongated and compressed body
and fins in dark red and yellowish color, as well as large scales with
blackish linings and silverish grey body makes Sebarau an attractive
fish. Thrives on insects fragments and fish remains.
Temoleh (Probarbus jullieni)
This fish can be found in Perak and Pahang and it is
said to be the largest species of the Cyprinids in Peninsular
Malaysia. Temoleh thrives on shelled mollusks and water plants. The
body has 7 narrow horizontal black stripes with its upper half of the
body in olive and lower half creamy yellow color. The head is in
bright greenish yellow with fins in light pink. These wonderful colors
are complimented by a blackish end tail. Temoleh is truly a beautiful
fresh water fish.
Baung (Mystus nemurus)
Baung can be found at zones to the upstream of rivers
and rice fields. They do not have much preference for clear of muddy
water and is a threat to lobsters (udang galah) that lives in ponds.
Its color is in formalin dusky white with serrated spine. It eats a
variety of food including shrimps, insects, crabs and fish larvae. The
distribution of this fish also covers Java, Sumatra, Singapore, Borneo
Ikan Keli (Clarias Batrachus)
Easily found all over Malaysia especially rice fields,
swamps around the rice fields, riverbanks, drains, and old mines. They
are bottom dwellers but very frequently come to the surface of the
water to draw in fresh air. The skin is smooth, brownish green on the
upper part of the body and lighter below. The body is elongated,
compressed at the back with its head moderately flattened.
|Date of Issue
||25 May 2006
||30 sen, 50 sen, RM1
||40 mm X 30 mm
||100 mm X 70 mm
|Stamp Size in
||70 mm X 35 mm
||Hologram and Lithography