Cat-eLog Right Arrow Pimelodidae Right Arrow Hemisorubim

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Scientific NameHemisorubim platyrhynchos  (Valenciennes in Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1840)
Common NamesSpotted Shovelnose Catfish
Unterständiges Schaufelmaul (Germany)
Type LocalityNo Locality given [Brazil?].
Synonym(s)Platystoma platyrhynchos
Pronunciationhem ee sarw oo bim
Etymology(Greek)Hemi=half + Brazilian local name for this fish. This specific epithet refers to its broad (platys=broad, wide) snout (rhynchos=snout, nose).
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Size 525mm or 20.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
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DistributionSouth America: Amazon, Maroni, Orinoco, Paraná River basins.
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Guyana Waters, Coastal Rivers of Guyanas, Suriname Coastal Rivers, Marowijne (click on these areas to find other species found there)
La Plata, Paraná (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH6.0 - 7.8
Temperature20.0-22.0°C or 68-71.6°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersdH°25.
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FeedingFeeds on benthic organisms and fish. The position of the eyes and the shape of the mouth of this piscivorous fish give to its stalking mode of hunting.
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ReferencesHist. Nat. Poiss.v. 15 - pp27
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Breeding ReportsNone.
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Last Update2008 Aug 11 02:47 (species record created: 2002 Oct 05 00:00)