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Scientific Name Brachyplatystoma vaillantii  (Valenciennes in Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1840)
Common Names Laulao
Piramuta-Antennenwels (Germany), Piramutaba-malle (Denmark)
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 1050mm or 41.3" 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 Widespread in the Amazon basin, usually downstream of first rapids. A similar if not the same species occurs in the Orinoco system. The fish on the left was offered for sale under the junior synonym of Piramutana piramuta, although it appears to be a different species possibly even genus from the Orinoco fish.
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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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References Hist. Nat. Poiss.v. 15 - pp21 - Pl. 423
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Last Update 2006 Dec 23 08:13 (species record created: 2004 Jan 08 00:00)