Pao cochinchinensis

Pao cochinchinensis[2] is a species of freshwater pufferfish native to the basins of the Mekong and Chao Phraya Rivers. This species grows to a length of 7 centimetres (2.8 in) SL.[3]

It is known for its reputation to attack people by slicing off bits of flesh. Their tendency to take chunks of human flesh is similar to piranhas. It is one of two pufferfish species to attack humans, the other species is the Ferocious Pufferfish (Feroxodon multistriatus).

Pao cochinchinensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Tetraodontiformes
Family: Tetraodontidae
Genus: Pao
Species: P. cochinchinensis
Binomial name
Pao cochinchinensis
(Steindachner, 1866)
  • Crayacion cochinchinensis Steindachner, 1866
  • Monotrete cochinchinensis (Steindachner, 1866)
  • Tetraodon cochinchinensis (Steindachner, 1866)
  • Tetraodon fangi Pellegrin & Chevey, 1940


  1. ^ Vidthayanon, C. (2012). "Monotrete cochinchinensis". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2012: e.T180992A1686194. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2012-1.RLTS.T180992A1686194.en. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  2. ^ Kottelat, M. (2013): The Fishes of the Inland Waters of Southeast Asia: A Catalogue and Core Bibliography of the Fishes Known to Occur in Freshwaters, Mangroves and Estuaries. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 2013, Supplement No. 27: 1–663.
  3. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Monotrete cochinchinensis" in FishBase. April 2013 version.

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