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Scientific NamePseudoplatystoma tigrinum  (Valenciennes in Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1840)
Common NamesTiger Shovelnose Catfish
Tsn (Abbreviation)
Type LocalityBrazil.
Synonym(s)Platystoma tigrinum
PronunciationSUE doh plah tee stow mah
Etymology(Greek)Pseudos=False +(Greek)platys=flat +(Greek)stoma=mouth. 
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Size 1050mm or 41.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationVertical 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.
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DistributionWidespread in the Amazon and Orinoco Basins
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH6.0 - 7.6
Temperature22.0-26.0°C or 71.6-78.8°F (Show species within this range)
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FeedingFish, 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!
FurnitureLarge secured pieces of bogwood and rock.
CompatibilityWill eat anything that isn't big enough to avoid being on the menu.
Suggested TankmatesOther large catfish such as Oxydoras, Pterodoras and Megalodoras. Other fish should always be over half of its body length.
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ReferencesHist. Nat. Poiss.v. 15 - pp10 - Pl. 422
Registered Keepers(1) arapaima, (2) roy.bryan, (3) bukster, (4) Occellatus, (5) kntrygrl4lyfe, (6) stinkray, (7) RedTail Cat (p: 2), (8) jvancan, (9) chillired, (10) artemis1, (11) Junttis, (12) steelhead99, (13) Plunt, (14) joe.juice13, (15) Matt123, (16) vyperboy, (17) Shovelnose, (18) blurock, who also notes: "Name: General Lee", (19) doesdavid, (20) Sumners83 (p: 2), (21) RedTailMike, (22) flyin lizard, (23) tezr, (24) tank_girl, (25) phenix, (26) SoCalDiscus, (27) lissaspence, (28) jprp, (29) ndcp18, (30) exoticfish, (31) danny.450, (32) oscar300, (33) miles3, (34) Mqktandy, (35) musilvr4eva, (36) mrfishydude, (37) Reginator, (38) shivamotiram, (39) danlinn, (40) d3n2, (41) Macat33, (42) Buddiechrist, (43) arapaimag (k: 6), (44) fleshwound, (45) Marisco1729, (46) einstein-a-go-go, (47) Kataterfish, who also notes: "N/a", (48) luv4bigcats, (49) Blackguard, (50) Pcpolo111, (51) slayer5590, (52) Animusartificio (k: 6), (53) liamirons, (54) chewy922, (55) PurecoYSS, who also notes: "A constant excuse to get a bigger tank.", (56) TheFishGuy, (57) GOCrocket, (58) firman catfish, (59) TheBobbyVee, (60) Stalin (k: 3), who also notes: "Got them at about 3.5" and two of them have quickly grown into little 7" monsters. The third one wasnt very aggressive when feeding so he didnt get as much food. He got to a bit under 6" and was sold on 2016/10/29. Hoping to Sell the remaining two in the next month or so. They are feeding on chopped fish/shrimp and occasionally live fish. Very fun fish to keep (even for a very short time) and I wish I had the time and space to keep them a lot longer.".

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Breeding ReportsNone.
Article - CotM 1998 March
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Last Update2014 Apr 23 08:48 (species record created: 2001 Apr 22 00:00)