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Scientific Name Pseudopimelodus bufonius  (Valenciennes, 1840)
Common Names Giant Bumblebee Catfish
Jello Catfish, Jelly Catfish
Type Locality Probably Cayenne, French Guiana.
Synonym(s) Pimelodus bufonius
Pronunciation sue doh pim EE low duss - boo fawn ee iss
Etymology Greek, pseudes = false + greek, pimele = fat + Greek, odous = teeth
False pimelodus. 
Jump to next section Species Information
Size 245mm or 9.6" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification A species with an incredibly wide distribution, these fish are likely a group of species.
Sexing Males have a pointed genital papillae.
Jump to next section Habitat Information
Distribution South America: Rivers of northeastern South America from Lake Maracaibo to eastern Brazil!
Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Lake Maracaibo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH 5.6 - 7.6
Temperature 24.0-28.0°C or 75.2-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
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Feeding Not a fussy feeder, doesn't require but will greedily accept feeder fish, crustaceans and all meaty frozen or live foods. Will also readily accept sinking pellets.
Furniture Requires a shady retreat such as a pipe or large piece of bogwood. Doesn't require a specific substrate although, in nature, is found over sand substrate in leaf litter deposits matching its colouration pattern. In situ it is an adept ambush predator.
Compatibility Not aggressive territorially, generally skitish during the day and prone to hiding away until darkness when it becomes very predatory with tankmates of equal to smaller size.
Suggested Tankmates A larger fish tank. Silver dollars, larger armoured catfish and bigger south American cichlids are best. Essentially tankmates should be 25%-50% larger than this fish.
Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Histoire naturelle des poissons v. 15, pp 154.
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Last Update 2019 Sep 25 13:58 (species record created: 2002 Oct 19 00:00)