The Sareng Catfish (Wallago Attu) is an extremely rare* and predatory catfish. They are also known as the Mulley, Latchi, and Tapah depending where in the world you are. The Sareng is native to southeast Asia. They can grow to 6′ long and 100lbs. It is believed they are capable of (and have according to some) eating small children. They are similar to a Goonch catfish in that they grow very large and have sharp teeth but are a completely different fish. The Sareng has a body more like a Wels Catfish with a sort of gaping mouth. It’s quite a scary looking fish, much more so than it’s river mate the Goonch if you ask me. Some folks have gotten these fish for Aquariums, it sounds crazy but it does happen on occasion. I do not suggest it nor do I condone keeping such large fish in captivity.
Scientific Name – Wallago Attu
Common Name – Sareng Catfish, Mulley, Latchi, Tapah
Size – 6′ Long – 100+lbs
Region of Origin – Southeast Asia
Temperament – Extremely Aggressive predatory catfish
Tank Terrors Comments – These guys are extremely rare*, so the odds of you ever seeing one are pretty slim. Not suggested for home Aquariums. I’ve read accounts of these fish knocking lids off tanks and biting owners/handlers fingers during feeding sessions, take that for what you will.
*These may not be as rare as I initially thought, despite being very hard to catch for anglers searching for a large specimen. It seems if you live in certain areas of the world they are commonly found for sale as food. I can only assume most of these are smaller juvenile fish and not the size of the monsters shown in the photos below. If you can provide photos of these fish in a market for sale we would greatly appreciate it.
Famous fisherman Jean-Francois Helias holding a Sareng Catfish (Images c/o anglingthailand.com)
Sareng Catfish (Wallago Attu)
Updated 8/19/2015 with new Photos care of Shammi Hussain of Sareng Catfish in a Market.
What a scary mouth!
Huge Sareng with what appears to be a Snakehead as well.
Another shot of the Sareng Catfish in the market.
For more information on the Sareng Catfish please also check out this article by clicking here. You will find a report stating these fish will bite the hands of aquarium workers when being fed in a public aquarium as well as a pet shop owner who had an extremely aggressive specimen on display. It required bricks on the lid in order to keep it inside the tank, check out the story for yourself by clicking the link above.
Thanks for reading, if you have any useful information to share about the Sareng Catfish feel free to leave a comment below.
Note – We have not kept this fish in captivity nor do we suggest them to be kept in captivity. If you wish to leave a comment disputing information in this post, please do so in a respectful manner without bashing the website or it’s writers. There is not much known about this fish and if your information is based on a couple juvenile specimens you kept in a tank for a short while your “facts” will not be accepted as the behavior of an entire species. The majority of information we posted about this fish came from River Monsters and its host Jeremy Wade who is a well respected Biologist.