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Scientific NameBrachyplatystoma filamentosum  (Lichtenstein, 1819)
Common Name(s)Piraiba (Brazilian)
Kumakuma, Tiger-Antennenwels (Germany)
Type LocalityBrazil
Synonym(s)Brachyplatystoma goeldii, Pimelodus filamentosus, Piratinga piraaiba, Platystoma affine, Platystoma gigas, Sorubimichthys gigas
EtymologyGreek, 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.
IdentificationAbsence 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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DistributionWidespread in Amazon basin.
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Temperature23.0-27.0°C or 73.4-80.6°F (Show species within this range)
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ReferencesZoologisches Magazin (Wiedemann) 1819, v. 1 (pt 3), pp 60.
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Last Update2014 Jun 09 09:33 (species record created: 2001 May 08 00:00)