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Scientific Name Luciopimelodus pati  (Valenciennes, 1835)
Common Names Pati
Bagre Plateado (Argentinian), Cabezon (International), Silver Bagrid
Type Locality Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Synonym(s) Bagrus tucumanus, Pimelodus pati, Silurus 11-radiatus, Silurus pati
Pronunciation pah tee
Etymology (Latin)Lucio = Bright/Shining (Greek)Pimele=Fat + (Greek)odous=teeth. Named after its common local name.
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Size 1030mm or 40.6" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Large barbles, small eyes and a lead grey to bluish sheen to the upper body. In clear waters (and the aquarium) has an attractive blueish metallic sheen. A large fish reaching a total length of at least 1 metre and at that size can weigh around 20kg.
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Distribution South America: La Plata and Blanco River basins to Argentina.
La Plata, Paran√°, Paraguay (click on these areas to find other species found there)
La Plata (click on these areas to find other species found there)
La Plata, Uruguay, Middle Uruguay (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
pH 6.4 - 7.6
Temperature 18.0-22.0°C or 64.4-71.6°F (Show species within this range)
Other Parameters Prefers to live in deep waters, so dimmer lighting is suggested.
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Feeding Omnivorous, with a carnivorous preference. In the wild prefers to eat small cichlids and larger tetras, molluscs and crustaceans. Will eat most foods in the aquarium, doesn't need live food.
Furniture Requires a huge aquarium or indoor pond and a lot of swimming space. Heaters and filter parts should be protected to avoid this fish trying to eat them and cause itself harm.
Compatibility As with most large pimelodids, anything it can't eat.
Suggested Tankmates The two main issues in selecting tankmates are one that reach a suitable size to avoid being eaten and are happy to live in the cooler water these fish prefer.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Voyage dans l'Amérique méridionale, pp Pl. 1 (figs. 7-9)
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Last Update 2020 Nov 08 05:14 (species record created: 2002 Nov 19 00:00)