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Scientific NameZungaro zungaro  (Humboldt in Humboldt & Valenciennes, 1821)
Common NamesGilded Catfish
Giant Jello Catfish, Giant Jelly Catfish, Jaú (Brazil), Manguruyú (Argentinian), Tiger-Antennenwels (Germany), Zungaro-malle (Denmark)
Type LocalityNear Tomependa, Río Marañon, Amazon R. basin, Peru.
Synonym(s)Bagrus flavicans, Brachyplatystoma flavicans, Paulicea jahu, Paulicea luetkeni, Paulicea lutkeni, Pimelodus zungaro, Platystoma lütkeni, Pseudopimelodus humbdolti, Pseudopimelodus zungaro, Zungaro humboldtii, Zungaro luetkeni
EtymologyZungaro is the native name applied to many large pimelodids. 
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Size 1400mm or 55.1" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
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DistributionSouth America: Amazon and Orinoco River 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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pH6.5 - 7.2
Temperature20.0-24.0°C or 68-75.2°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersdH°18.
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FeedingMainly piscivorous, hunts at night, sometimes going into flood prone areas of rivers.
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ReferencesHumboldt & Bonpland's voyage v. 2 (Title page 1833) - pp170 - Pl. 46 (fig. 1)
Registered Keepers(1) kntrygrl4lyfe (p: 2), (2) amazonfishman, (3) necrocanis, (4) Hikarixz, who also notes: "Zungaro zungaro or simply the Jau is extremely aggressive, capable of injuring an Arapaima gigas twice it's size. The Jau was more active during the night while being sluggish during the day. This species should be kept alone from my experience. Nice fish except for the aggression towards others.", (5) Redtailrob (k: 2), who also notes: "Very aggressive towards each other even though small.More than one specimen cannot be kept together.", (6) Buddiechrist, (7) arapaimag, who also notes: "Very vicious in small tanks like a 225 gallon. But complete turnabout and very peaceful in my big tank and grew to 41" (1030 mm).", (8) Pcpolo111.

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Breeding ReportsNone.
Article - CotM 2010 May
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Last Update2013 Jul 19 17:01 (species record created: 2001 Apr 22 00:00)