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Scientific Name Pseudoplatystoma tigrinum  (Valenciennes in Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1840)
Common Names Tiger Shovelnose Catfish
Tsn (Abbreviation)
Type Locality Brazil.
Synonym(s) Platystoma tigrinum
Pronunciation SUE doh plah tee stow mah
Etymology (Greek)Pseudos=False +(Greek)platys=flat +(Greek)stoma=mouth. 
Articles
Article - CotM 1998 March
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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.
Sexing Unknown
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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)
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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 Unknown
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Hist. Nat. Poiss.v. 15 - pp10 - Pl. 422
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Last Update 2014 Apr 23 08:48 (species record created: 2001 Apr 22 00:00)