Cat-eLog Right Arrow Pimelodidae Right Arrow Hypophthalmus

  • Hypophthalmus edentatus
  • Hypophthalmus edentatus
  • Hypophthalmus edentatus
Jump to next section Cat-eLog Data Sheet
Scientific Name Hypophthalmus edentatus  Spix & Agassiz, 1829
Common Name Highwaterman Catfish
Type Locality Rivers of equatorial Brazil.
Synonym(s) Hypophthalmus spixii
Pronunciation hi pop thal muss - ee dent at uss
Etymology (Greek)Hypo=Under + (Greek)opthalmos=eye. Species name refers to the lack of teeth.
Article - CotM 2014 October
Jump to next section Species Information
Size 390mm or 15.4" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification This common species has pale barbels and a truncate dorsal fin (versus deeply forked in other congeners).
Sexing Unknown
General Remarks Almost never exported because of it's (plankton) feeding habits, this fish is quite common in open water and lakes.
Jump to next section Habitat Information
Distribution South America: Amazon and Orinoco River basins and Atlantic coastal rivers of Guyana and Suriname
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Guyana Waters (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Guyana Waters, Coastal Rivers of Guyanas, Suriname Coastal Rivers (click on these areas to find other species found there)

Log in to view species occurence data on a map.
Temperature 23.0-28.0°C or 73.4-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
Jump to next section Husbandry Information
Feeding Feeds on plankton and debris. Gill rakers are used to capture planktonic crustaceans.
Furniture Found over soft muddy bottom.
Compatibility Schooling species.
Breeding .
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
Jump to next section Further Information
References Selecta Piscium Brasiliam - pp16 - Pl. 9
Registered Keepers Keeping this species? Why not .
There is no registered keeper.
Wishlists Love this species? Click the heart to add it to your wish list.
There is no wish to keep this species.
Spotters Spotted this species somewhere? Click the binoculars!
There is but a single record of this fish being seen, view it.
More on Hypophthalmus edentatus
Look up Look up Hypophthalmus edentatus on
BBCode (use in forum posts)
(species permalink)
Look up Fishbase Look up Hypophthalmus edentatus on Fishbase
Get or print a QR code for this species profile, or try our LFS label creator.
Hits 3167 hits.
Last Update 2015 Oct 25 08:50 (species record created: 2001 Nov 05 00:00)