|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Pseudoplatystoma tigrinum (Valenciennes, 1840)|
|Common Names||Tiger Shovelnose Catfish
|Pronunciation||SUE doh plah tee stow mah|
|Etymology||(Greek)Pseudos=False +(Greek)platys=flat +(Greek)stoma=mouth.|
- CotM 1998 March
|Size||1050mm or 41.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Vertical to slightly oblique black stripes; often has spots, which are thicker on the ventral side; great variation in stripe and spot patterns. Eigenmann recognized at least 14 varieties or subspecies based on colour patterns; easily confused with other members of the genus.|
|Distribution||Widespread in the Amazon and Orinoco Basins
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Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|pH||6.0 - 7.6|
|Temperature||22.0-26.0°C or 71.6-78.8°F (Show species within this range)|
|Feeding||Fish, crustaceans and literally anything that it finds tasty and small enough to eat. I have personally witnessed one of the fish pictured above eat a large freshwater stingray head first!|
|Furniture||Large secured pieces of bogwood and rock.|
|Compatibility||Will eat anything that isn't big enough to avoid being on the menu.|
|Suggested Tankmates||Other large catfish such as Oxydoras, Pterodoras and Megalodoras. Other fish should always be over half of its body length.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|Reference||Histoire naturelle des poissons v. 15, pp 10, Pl. 422.|
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|Last Update||2019 Sep 17 14:45 (species record created: 2001 Apr 22 00:00)|