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Scientific Name Brachyplatystoma filamentosum  (Lichtenstein, 1819)
Common Names Piraiba (Brazilian)
Kumakuma, Kumakuma-malle (Denmark), Tiger-Antennenwels (Germany)
Type Locality Brazil
Synonym(s) Brachyplatystoma goeldii, Pimelodus filamentosus, Piratinga piraaiba, Platystoma affine, Platystoma gigas, Sorubimichthys gigas
Etymology Greek, brachys, eia = short + Greek, platys = flat + Greek, stoma = mouth. 
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Size 2800mm or 110.2" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Absence of membrane connecting the two pairs of nares identifies this species from all congeners except B. vaillantii. B. vaillantii has much longer adipose fin than this species.
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Distribution Widespread in Amazon basin.
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Temperature 23.0-27.0°C or 73.4-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
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Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Zoologisches Magazin (Wiedemann) 1819, v. 1 (pt 3), pp 60.
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Last Update 2014 Jun 09 09:33 (species record created: 2001 May 08 00:00)