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Scientific NameBrachyplatystoma tigrinum  (Britski, 1981)
Common NamesZebra Shovelnose
Dourada Zebra (Brazilian), Tigerstriped Catfish, Tigerwels (Germany)
Type LocalityCachoeira do Teotônio, Rio Madeira, Território de Rondônia, Brazil.
Synonym(s)Merodontotus tigrinus
Pronunciationtie green uss
EtymologyGreek, brachys, eia = short + Greek, platys = flat + Greek, stoma = mouth. This specific epithet literally means tiger(tigrinum=tiger) and refers to the stripes on its body.
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Size 500mm or 19.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationHead elongate and compressed, becoming narrower to the front, lower jaw shorter than upper. Upper and lower caudal filaments. Can be confused with Brachyplatystoma juruense, but the stripes of B. tigrinus are continuous when viewed laterally while those of B. juruense are broken or divided.
General RemarksWhile its maximum size of 50 cm would appear to make this beautiful fish an ideal inhabitant for a large aquaria, its need for massive current and high oxygen levels would have to be taken into account to design an appropriate aquarium.
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DistributionKnown only from a few specimens from the upper Rio Madeira and Caqueta region of Colombia.
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Japurá, Caquetá (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Amazon, Middle Amazon (Solimoes), Madeira (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH6.8 - 7.6
Temperature24.0-28.0°C or 75.2-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersKnown from cataracts of whitewater rivers.
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FeedingA predator that eats other fishes. Newly caught specimens may need some time before they learn to eat dead food, and thus may require feeding live \"feeder fish\", but they can be trained to eat pieces of fish. Pieces of marine fish is considered better than freshwater fish as it\'s much less likely to contain transferable parasites.
FurnitureNeeds a highly oxygenated aquarium with a massive amount of current. Substrate should be sand/gravel with stones and driftwood placed to form hiding places.
CompatibilityOther large fishes with similar habitat requirements.
Suggested TankmatesLarge loricariids and other large current loving pimelodids.
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ReferencesPap. Avulsos Dep. Zool. (Saão Paulo)v. 34 (no. 7) - pp110 - Figs. 1-2
Registered Keepers(1) Kenneth Wong, (2) Theo21, (3) ani-mal-lvr, (4) Trident2004, (5) soltarii007, (6) amiidae, (7) amazonfishman, (8) SuperLaz, (9) Schmike, (10) too<many>tanks, (11) bluescotty23 (p: 2), (12) tezr, (13) Altifrons (p: 2), (14) ndcp18, (15) Redtailrob, (16) miles3, (17) human001, (18) MilkMan, (19) snakelover, (20) Benjamin Goh, (21) AquaristJoel, (22) Buddiechrist, (23) arapaimag (k: 10), (24) victionOne, (25) richb, who also notes: "I got this fish as a 3 or 4 inch juvenile. He settled in pretty quickly. He now eats silversides and is rather spectacular. However, so far he does not like tankmakes unless he can eat them. He is currently in a 5' long 100 by himself. He beat on the planiceps until I had to move him. Unfortunately, this beautiful fish jumped, knocked the cover off the aquarium and landed on the floor. He died.", (26) yellowcat, (27) ElTofi, who also notes: "Dropped into the 720 liters to grow up a bit... it will end into the Stingrays tank, in the basement...", (28) Apostolis, (29) unstoppablejayd, (30) mcaquatic, (31) JonathanReid, (32) TheFishGuy, (33) Brachyplatystoma, (34) oldfish, who also notes: "Kept with 5 large Leopoldi stingrays without any squables. Active beginning at dusk and feeding mostly on sinking pellets", (35) Hrothgar Sørensen (p: 2).

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Last Update2013 Jul 19 18:47 (species record created: 2001 Apr 22 00:00)