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Scientific Name Sorubim cuspicaudus  Littmann, Bur & Nass, 2000
Common Name Trans-Andean Shovelnose Catfish
Type Locality Río Magdalena drainage, at Puerto Soplaviento, Departamento de Tolima, Colombia
Pronunciation sarw oo bim
Etymology Sorubi is the Brazilian local name for this fish (and several other pimelodids), latinised to become Sorubim. This specific epithet refers to its pointed (cuspis=pointed) tail (caudus=tail).
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Size 800mm or 31.5" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
Identification No other pimelodid genus possesses a dark horizontal stripe stretching entire length of head and body.

S. cuspicaudus can be distinguished from other species of Sorubim by its deeply forked and elongate caudal fin. Its lobes are both straight and pointed whilst other Sorubim have a rounded bottom lobe.
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Distribution South America: Lake Maracaibo and the Magdalena and Sinu River basins.
Lake Maracaibo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Colombia Caribbean Rivers, Magdalena (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Colombia Caribbean Rivers, Sinú (click on these areas to find other species found there)

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Breeding Unreported.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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References Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. v. 113 (no. 4) 903 Figs. 2b, 3, 4c
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Last Update 2010 Sep 06 12:12 (species record created: 2007 Apr 20 17:06)