Giant Gourami

Scientific name 
Osphronemus goramy
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What it looks like: Youngsters feature a pointed snout and flat head with banded colouration and develop silvery/grey stripes on a cream background as they get older. Adults eventually lose their stripes becoming either cream or black all over. They also develop a swollen forehead, thick lips and a thick chin.

Animal facts:

  • The Giant Gourami is native to Southeast Asia. It is capable of breathing moist air, so can survive out of water for long periods.
  • The species can be used for weed control.
  • It’s capable of breathing moist air so can survive out of water for long periods.

What they eat: Giant Gouramis prefer algae-based food but will eat meaty foods as well.

Habitat: Fresh or brackish water such as swamps, lakes and large rivers.

Where they live: Giant Gourami originated from Southeast Asia but have also been widely introduced to several countries for aquaculture purposes.

Threats: Wetland degradation and pollution are possible threats.

Average length: 2ft.

Conservation Status
Least Concern