|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Pseudoplatystoma punctifer (Castelnau, 1855)|
|Common Name||Spotted Tiger Shovelnose Catfish|
|Type Locality||Amazon River, Brazil.|
|Pronunciation||SUE doh plah tee stow mah|
|Etymology||(Greek)Pseudos=False +(Greek)platys=flat +(Greek)stoma=mouth.|
|Size||1100mm or 43.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Distribution||Orinoco River, Colombia and Venezuela.
Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|IUCN Red List Category||Not Evaluated|
|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 in captivity although is commercially bred via egg stripping method which is often the source of fishes entering aquarium trade.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|Reference||Animaux nouveaux or rares v. 2, pp 40, Pl. 19 (fig. 2).|
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|Last Update||2019 Oct 13 03:13 (species record created: 2009 May 04 05:19)|