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Scientific Name Pseudohemiodon laticeps  (Regan, 1904)
Common Name Giant Whiptail Catfish
Type Locality Paraguay.
Pronunciation seu doh hem ee oh don - lat ee seps
Etymology Greek, pseudes = false + Greek, hemi = half + Greek, odous = teeth 
Article - CotM 2000 February
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Size 300mm or 11.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification The most commonly available spade catfish.
Sexing Unknown. Being a lip-brooder, differences in the formation of the suckermouth fringes may be observed.
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Distribution South 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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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
pH 6.5 - 7.0
Temperature 22.0-28.0°C or 71.6-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Requires fastidiously maintained water quality.
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Feeding Algae wafers, sinking tablets, frozen bloodworm and frozen brineshrimp are all sought out.
Furniture Large 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.
Compatibility Peaceful and not territorial even among it's own kind.
Suggested Tankmates Any non-bottom dwellers, this species needs its substrate. Larger established spade catfish will live happily in a South or Central American cichlid set-up.
Breeding Has been spawned by German aquarists; no details currently available other than the species is a lip-brooder.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Transactions of the Zoological Society of London v. 17 (pt 3, no. 1), pp 295, Pl. 20 (fig. 1).
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Last Update 2019 Sep 14 06:05 (species record created: 2001 Apr 29 00:00)