Cat-eLog Right Arrow Pimelodidae Right Arrow Pseudoplatystoma

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Scientific Name Pseudoplatystoma metaense  Buitrago-Suárez & Burr, 2007
Common Name
Type Locality Metica River, about 1.5 kilometers east of Rajote, 3°56'N, 73°03'W, Meta River, dept. of Meta, Colombia.
Pronunciation SUE doh plah tee stow mah
Etymology (Greek)Pseudos=False +(Greek)platys=flat +(Greek)stoma=mouth. The specific epithet metaense refers to the type locality, Meta River, a tributary of the Orinoco River in Colombia and Venezuela.
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Size 559mm or 22" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
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Distribution South America: Orinoco River in Colombia and Venezuela.
Orinoco (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 Zootaxa No. 1512, pp25, Fig. 23
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Last Update 2013 Feb 20 10:48 (species record created: 2008 Jul 31 11:51)