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Scientific Name Brachyplatystoma capapretum  Lundberg & Akama, 2005
Common Names Dark Caped Goliath Catfish
Sortkappet Spademalle (Denmark)
Type Locality Rio Tefé sand beach, Lago Mucura, Supiã-Pucu, Tefé, 3°22'S, 64°43'W, Amazonas State, Brazil.
Etymology Greek, 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.
Identification Brachyplatystoma 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 Remarks Maximum reported weight of 32.7kg.
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Distribution South 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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Furniture A very large aquarium with a sand substrate and stones and driftwood arranged to provide hiding places.
Suggested Tankmates A large predator, tankmates should be a least half the size of this fish.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Copeia 2005 (no. 3), pp 501, Figs. 1, 2, 8
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Last Update 2019 Jun 19 13:10 (species record created: 2009 Sep 18 14:10)