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Scientific Name Brachyplatystoma vaillantii  (Valenciennes, 1840)
Common Names Laulao
Højfinnet Spademalle (Denmark), Piramuta-Antennenwels (Germany)
Type Locality Cayenne, French Guiana; Suriname; Colombia.
Synonym(s) Bagrus piramuta, Bagrus reticulatus, Brachyplatystoma parnahybae, Piramutana piramuta, Platystoma vaillantii
Etymology Greek, brachys, eia = short + Greek, platys = flat + Greek, stoma = mouth. 
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Size 1500mm or 59.1" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Gray dorsal surface, underside. Large adipose fin clearly separates from other congeners.
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Distribution South America: Amazon and Orinoco River basins and major rivers of the Guianas and northeastern Brazil.
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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
pH 6.0 - 7.6
Temperature 24.0-27.0°C or 75.2-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Naturally found in muddy, black water and clear waters as far downstream as freshwater estuary habitat.
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Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Histoire naturelle des poissons v. 15, pp 21, Pl. 423.
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Last Update 2020 Sep 17 11:25 (species record created: 2004 Jan 08 00:00)