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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 581mm or 22.9" 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.
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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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
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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.
Down arrow Further Information
Reference Copeia 2005 (no. 3), pp 501, Figs. 1, 2, 8
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Last Update 2020 Oct 28 15:41 (species record created: 2009 Sep 18 14:10)