Cat-eLog Right Arrow Pimelodidae Right Arrow Pseudoplatystoma

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Scientific Name Pseudoplatystoma corruscans  (Spix & Agassiz, 1829)
Common Names Spotted Shovelnose
Surubi (Argentinian)
Type Locality Rio São Francisco, Brazil.
Synonym(s) Platystoma corruscans, Silurus macrocephalus, Sorubim caparary
Pronunciation SUE doh plah tee stow mah
Etymology (Greek)Pseudos=False +(Greek)platys=flat +(Greek)stoma=mouth. 
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Size 1140mm or 44.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification Easily confused with other members of the genus, especially when young. Older specimens larger than around 300mm begin to show many more large black circular spots over the back region.
Sexing Unknown
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Distribution South America: Sao Francisco and Paraná basins.
São Francisco (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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pH 6.0 - 7.6
Temperature 22.0-26.0°C or 71.6-78.8°F (Show species within this range)
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Feeding Fish, crustaceans and literally anything that it finds tasty and small enough to eat.
Furniture Large secured pieces of bogwood and rock.
Compatibility Will eat anything that isn't big enough to avoid being on the menu.
Suggested Tankmates Other large catfish such as Oxydoras, Pterodoras and Megalodoras. Other fish should always be over half of its body length.
Breeding Unreported
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Selecta Piscium Brasiliam - pp26 - Pl. 13
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Last Update 2013 Jul 19 17:51 (species record created: 2002 Jan 11 00:00)