The hampala barb (Hampala macrolepidota) is also known as the jungle perch although has no classification or morphology similarities to any specie of perch. The jungle perch is a freshwater fish species in the minnows or carps family (family Cyprinidae) of order Cypriniformes (carps), native to the Mekong River basin and the Chao Phraya River basin in Thailand, and Malaysia.
Natural Food Source
The jungle perch also known as the hampala barb in its natural habitat would feed primarily on fry & fish such as talipia & Thai tiger perch. Jouveniles would begin life by feeding on plants, nekton & zooplankton.
Jungle Perch Identification
The most distinctive feature is the black bar running vertically down the side of the body between the dorsal and pelvic fins (in adults). The caudal fin is bright red and orange with black marginal stripes on each outside fin ray. The body is silver to golden in colour, very similar to the roach.