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Scientific NamePseudohemiodon laticeps  (Regan, 1904)
Common NameGiant Whiptail Catfish
Type LocalityParaguay.
Pronunciationseu doh hem ee oh don - lat ee seps
EtymologyGreek, pseudes = false + Greek, hemi = half + Greek, odous = teeth 
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Size 300mm or 11.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationThe most commonly available spade catfish.
SexingUnknown. Being a lip-brooder, differences in the formation of the suckermouth fringes may be observed.
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DistributionSouth America: Uruguay, Paraná and Paraguay River basins.
La Plata, Paraná, Paraguay (click on these areas to find other species found there)
La Plata, Paraná (click on these areas to find other species found there)
La Plata, Uruguay (click on these areas to find other species found there)
La Plata, Paraná, Middle Paraná Delta (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH6.5 - 7.0
Temperature22.0-28.0°C or 71.6-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersRequires fastidiously maintained water quality.
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FeedingAlgae wafers, sinking tablets, frozen bloodworm and frozen brineshrimp are all sought out.
FurnitureLarge open expanses of sand are required, at least the length of the fish squared. Floating plants will help the fish settle but are not mandatory. Rooted plants will not stay that way for long however.
CompatibilityPeaceful and not territorial even among it's own kind.
Suggested TankmatesAny non-bottom dwellers, this species needs its substrate. Larger established spade catfish will live happily in a South or Central American cichlid set-up.
BreedingHas been spawned by German aquarists; no details currently available other than the species is a lip-brooder.
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ReferencesTrans. Zool. Soc. Lond.v. 17 (pt 3, no. 1) - pp295 - Pl. 20 (fig. 1)
Registered Keepers(1) Firestorming, (2) Jools, (3) snowball, (4) VickyEll7, (5) AMacLeod.

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Breeding ReportsNone.
Article - CotM 2000 February
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Last Update2006 Dec 07 02:36 (species record created: 2001 Apr 29 00:00)