Article © Julian Dignall, uploaded March 01, 1998.
The photo is an 18" specimen. I was a great fan of keeping these large catfish especially when I worked in my LFS and could "grow them on" for a few months and then hand them back. That changed somewher when I visited the Tennessee Aquarium in Chatanooga, USA. They had an enormous Amazon species tank which is remains in operation to at least 2019. The tank was inhabited by, amongst others, a huge tiger shovelnose, an adult red-tailed catfish, shoals of oscars (which were the smallest fish in the tank!), eye spot cichlids (Cichla ocellaris) and arowana. To see a full-grown Tiger shovelnose cruising effortlessly without having to turn round every three seconds made up my mind about keeping these and some other large catfish in anything smaller than a big pond. I remain a great fan.
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|Cat-eLog Data Sheet
|Pseudoplatystoma tigrinum (Valenciennes, 1840)
|Tiger Shovelnose Catfish
|SUE doh plah tee stow mah
|(Greek)Pseudos=False +(Greek)platys=flat +(Greek)stoma=mouth.
|1300mm or 51.2" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
|Vertical to slightly oblique black stripes; often has spots, which are thicker on the ventral side; great variation in stripe and spot patterns. Eigenmann recognized at least 14 varieties or subspecies based on colour patterns; easily confused with other members of the genus.
|South America: Amazon and Orinoco River basins.
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|IUCN Red List Category
|Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2020.
|6.0 - 7.6
|22.0-26.0°C or 71.6-78.8°F (Show species within this range)
|Fish, crustaceans and literally anything that it finds tasty and small enough to eat. I have personally witnessed one of the fish pictured above eat a large freshwater stingray head first! User data.
|Large secured pieces of bogwood and rock.
|Will eat anything that isn't big enough to avoid being on the menu.
|There is no breeding report.
|Histoire naturelle des poissons v. 15, pp 10, Pl. 422.
|There are 65 registered keepers, view all "my cats" data.
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|2020 Sep 19 01:47 (species record created: 1998 Mar 01 11:22)
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