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Scientific Name Brachyplatystoma filamentosum  (Lichtenstein, 1819)
Common Names Piraiba (Brazilian)
Kæmpe-spademalle (Denmark), Kumakuma, 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. 
Down Species Information
Size 3600mm or 141.7" 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 South America: Amazon and Orinoco River basins and major rivers of the Guianas and northeastern Brazil. Reported from Argentina.
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IUCN Red List Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2020.
Temperature 23.0-27.0°C or 73.4-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
Down Husbandry Information
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
Down Further Information
Reference Zoologisches Magazin (Wiedemann) 1819, v. 1 (pt 3), pp 60.
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Last Update 2020 Sep 23 12:50 (species record created: 2001 May 08 00:00)