Cat-eLog Right Arrow Pimelodidae Right Arrow Pseudoplatystoma

Jump to next section Cat-eLog Data Sheet
Scientific Name Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum  (Linnaeus, 1766)
Common Names Tiger Shovelnose Catfish
Barred Sorubim, Båndet Spademalle (Denmark), Surubi Atigrado (Argentinian), Tigerspatelwels (Germany), Tsn (Abbreviation)
Type Locality Mazaruni-Potaro tributaries of Essequibo River, Guyanas, 5°31'39.5"N, 58°37'43.6"W.
Synonym(s) Platystoma artedii, Silurus fasciatus
Pronunciation SUE doh plah tee stow mah
Etymology (Greek)Pseudos=False +(Greek)platys=flat +(Greek)stoma=mouth. 
Jump to next section Species Information
Size 1050mm or 41.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Vertical to slightly oblique black stripes which are joined together in ''y'' shapes over the fishes back; often has spots, which are thicker on the ventral side; great variation in stripes and spot patterns. Eigenmann recognized at least 14 varieties or subspecies based on colour patterns; easily confused with other members of the genus.
Sexing Unknown
Jump to next section Habitat Information
Distribution South America: Amazon, Corintijns, Essequibo, Orinoco, Paraná basins.
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Guyana Waters, Coastal Rivers of Guyanas, Suriname Coastal Rivers, Corintijns (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Guyana Waters, Coastal Rivers of Guyanas, Essequibo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
La Plata, Paraná (click on these areas to find other species found there)

Log in to view data on a map.
IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
pH 6.0 - 7.6
Temperature 22.0-26.0°C or 71.6-78.8°F (Show species within this range)
Jump to next section Husbandry Information
Feeding Fish, crustaceans and literally anything that it finds tasty and small enough to eat.
Furniture Large secured pieces of bogwood and rock. You know this fish is in an properly sized tank when it will cruise the mid-water area looking for food when hungry. They don't do this in cramped conditions.
Compatibility Will eat anything that isn't big enough to avoid being on the menu. Not recommended for the home aquarium.
Suggested Tankmates Very large characins and cichlids. Pacu are the safest option.
Breeding Unknown.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
Jump to next section Further Information
Reference Systema naturae sive regna tria naturae v. 1 (pt 1), pp 505.
Registered Keepers Keeping this species? Why not .
There are 25 registered keepers, view all "my cats" data.
Wishlists Love this species? Click the heart to add it to your wish list.
There is but a single wish to keep this species, see who wants what.
Spotters Spotted this species somewhere? Click the binoculars!
There are 7 records of this fish being seen, view them all.
More on Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum
Look up Look up Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum on
Look up Fishbase Look up Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum on Fishbase
Get or print a QR code for this species profile, or try our LFS label creator.
Hits 34900 hits.
Last Update 2020 Jan 21 02:36 (species record created: 2001 Apr 22 00:00)