|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Platynematichthys notatus (Schomburgk, 1841)|
|Common Name(s)||Capaz (Spanish, Colombian), Cara de Gato (Portuguese, Brazilian), Coroata (Portuguese, Brazilian), Lince Catfish, Rabo Chino (Spanish, Venezuelan)|
|Type Locality||Fort St. Joaquim, Rio Branco; Rio Negro|
|Synonym(s)||Bagrus nigropunctatus, Bagrus punctulatus, Pimelodus notatus, Platynematichthys punctulatus, Platypogon caerulorostris, Rhamdella notata|
|Pronunciation||no tatt uss|
|Etymology||(Greek)Platys=Broad + (Greek)nema=filament + (Greek)ichthys=fish. notatus, spotted|
|Size||1000mm (39.4") SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Only large pimelodid with numerous spots but no stripes. Large flat barbels. A large black spot is present on the lower caudal lobe. Possibly more than one valid species is currently classified as P. notatus given the reported differences in colouration, habitat, and adult size.|
|General Remarks||Specimens from the Amazon are reported to reach 50 cm while specimens from the Orinoco are reported to reach one meter. Given the greatly varying reported adult sizes, aquarists wishing to acquire this fish should take great care and assume the fish could reach one meter in length.|
|Distribution||Widespread in the Amazon and Orinoco basins where it is found in all water types. Reported by Romano to be also present in Surinam. Common in the lower Orinoco from Caicara to the delta.
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there) (Click the map-icon to show/hide map of species distribution)
|pH||5.6 - 7.4|
|Temperature||24.0-28.0°C or 75.2-82.4°F (Show others within this range)|
|Furniture||A sand substrate with stones and driftwood arranged to provide hiding places.|
|Compatibility||Any fishes that require similar aquarium conditions and are too large to be eaten.|
|Suggested Tankmates||Large pimelodids, loricariids and doradids.|
|References||Ann. Wien. Mus. Naturges.v. 1 (no. 1) - pp25
Burgess W. (1989) An Atlas of Freshwater and Marine Catfishes: A prelimenary survey of the Siluriformes. TFH
Romano B. (1982) Los Peces de Los Llanos II: Los Bagres. Fundacion Cientifica Fluvial de Los Llanos.
Romano B. (1985) Peces de Aqua Dulce de Venezuela Vol. I. Editorial Biosfera.
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|Last Update||2011 Jan 25 14:12 (species record created: 2001 Nov 14 00:00)|
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