|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Pseudopimelodus bufonius (Valenciennes, 1840)|
|Common Names||Giant Bumblebee Catfish
Jello Catfish, Jelly Catfish
|Type Locality||'Cayenne' - probably Suriname|
|Pronunciation||sue doh pim EE low duss - boo fawn ee iss|
|Etymology||Greek, pseudes = false + greek, pimele = fat + Greek, odous = teeth
|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.|
|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)|
|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 Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||Hist. Nat. Poiss. v. 15 154|
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|Last Update||2014 Nov 11 04:10 (species record created: 2002 Oct 19 00:00)|