8 June 2013
Cambodia's National Fish: The Giant Mekong Barb
Such is the size of Cambodia's national fish, its scales are used to make many of the shuttlecocks that Cambodians across the country use in their popular 'kick and keep-it-up' game.
The Giant Mekong Barb (Catlocarpio siamensis) known by the Khmer as Trey Kahor or Trey Kbal Lan or Trey Koalreang, can weigh in at 300 kilograms and reach 3 metres in length.
Grey and silver in colour, this giant fish is found in the Tonle Sap lake and the Mekong river.
It's makes for good eating; they have been served on Cambodian dinner plates for hundreds of years and they appear in the Bas Reliefs of Angkor Wat.
Hatcheries and breeding stations are being used to keep Cambodian waters well-stocked with their national fish.
See also: Cambodia's national mammal.
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