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Scientific Name Pseudoplatystoma reticulatum  Eigenmann & Eigenmann, 1889
Common Name Reticulated Shovelnose
Type Locality Rio Negro, Amazonas, Brazil.
Pronunciation SUE doh plah tee stow mah
Etymology (Greek)Pseudos=False +(Greek)platys=flat +(Greek)stoma=mouth. 
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Size 800mm or 31.5" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
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Distribution Central Amazon basin and Paraná River: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes) (click on these areas to find other species found there)
La Plata, Paraná (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Nhamundá (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Madeira, Canumã, Sucundurí (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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Feeding Carnivore feeding on a very mixed and varied diet including earthworms, whole prawns, mussels, fish fillets, floating sticks/pellets and catfish pellets.
Furniture Large, spacious tank with open space for night time cruising. A large shady bogwood root or pipe that the catfish can retreat to during the day is also required. Ensure the heater is in the open and not in a place where the catfish may try and hide. When larger a hide is not necessary.
Compatibility Ideally suited to life with other large fish. These catfish are predatory and will eat smaller fish if hungry. Claimed by some to behave aggressively/territorially towards other catfish.
Suggested Tankmates Other large catfish such as Oxydoras, Pterodoras and Megalodoras. Other fish should always be over half of its body length.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences (Series 2) v. 2
Zootaxa 1512
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Last Update 2010 Nov 09 09:14 (species record created: 2001 Apr 22 00:00)