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Scientific NameBrachyplatystoma capapretum  Lundberg & Akama, 2005
Common NameSortkappet Spademalle (Denmark)
Type LocalityRio Tefé sand beach, Lago Mucura, Supiã-Pucu, Tefé, 3°22'S, 64°43'W, Amazonas State, Brazil.
EtymologyGreek, brachys, eia = short + Greek, platys = flat + Greek, stoma = mouth. 
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Size 1010mm or 39.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationBrachyplatystoma capapretum is characterized by its fine, densely spaced outer jaw teeth and relatively few rows of straight, depressible inner teeth. Juveniles are marked by bold, large (twice or more times the diameter of the eye) dark brown or gray spots centred above lateral line. Adults are abruptly counter shaded near the lateral line and have exceptionally dark pigmentation dorsally, especially along posterior half of body. Ventrally they are plain white to dusky cream. The Caudal fin of adults is moderately to shallowly forked with its lobes being broad and nearly equal.
General RemarksMaximum reported weight of 32.7kg.
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DistributionSouth America: Amazon River from Belém, Brazil upriver to at least Iquitos, Peru, and several large tributary rivers and lakes including Trombetas, Madeira, Negro, Manacapuru, Purus, Tefé, Juruá, Jutaí, and Içá. Also found in Rio Xingu drainage.
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Manacapuru (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Tefé (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Juruá (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Jutai (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Upper Amazon, Putumayo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Negro (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Lower Amazon, Trombetas (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Madeira (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Purus (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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FurnitureA very large aquarium with a sand substrate and stones and driftwood arranged to provide hiding places.
Suggested TankmatesA large predator, tankmates should be a least half the size of this fish.
BreedingUnreported.
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ReferencesCopeia 2005 (no. 3), pp 501, Figs. 1, 2, 8
Registered Keepers(1) MilkMan, (2) monsters2beisme, who also notes: "I am not sure if I have a Fila. or a Capapretum. I am leaning towards Capapretum but time will tell...Pretty slow grower and has calmed down nicely.", (3) Hoosiercat, (4) Brachyplatystoma, (5) Redtailrob, (6) Hrothgar Sørensen.

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Last Update2014 May 26 09:46 (species record created: 2009 Sep 18 14:10)