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|Scientific Name||Pseudohemiodon laticeps (Regan, 1904)|
|Common Name||Giant Whiptail Catfish|
|Pronunciation||seu doh hem ee oh don - lat ee seps|
|Etymology||Greek, pseudes = false + Greek, hemi = half + Greek, odous = teeth|
|Size||300mm or 11.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||The most commonly available spade catfish.|
|Sexing||Unknown. Being a lip-brooder, differences in the formation of the suckermouth fringes may be observed.|
|Distribution||South America: Uruguay, Paraná and Paraguay River basins.
La Plata, Paraná, Paraguay (click on these areas to find other species found there)
La Plata, Paraná (click on these areas to find other species found there)
La Plata, Uruguay (click on these areas to find other species found there)
La Plata, Paraná, Middle Paraná Delta (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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|pH||6.5 - 7.0|
|Temperature||22.0-28.0°C or 71.6-82.4°F (Show species within this range)|
|Other Parameters||Requires fastidiously maintained water quality.|
|Feeding||Algae wafers, sinking tablets, frozen bloodworm and frozen brineshrimp are all sought out.|
|Furniture||Large open expanses of sand are required, at least the length of the fish squared. Floating plants will help the fish settle but are not mandatory. Rooted plants will not stay that way for long however.|
|Compatibility||Peaceful and not territorial even among it's own kind.|
|Suggested Tankmates||Any non-bottom dwellers, this species needs its substrate. Larger established spade catfish will live happily in a South or Central American cichlid set-up.|
|Breeding||Has been spawned by German aquarists; no details currently available other than the species is a lip-brooder.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|Reference||Transactions of the Zoological Society of London v. 17 (pt 3, no. 1), pp 295, Pl. 20 (fig. 1).|
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|Last Update||2019 Sep 14 06:05 (species record created: 2001 Apr 29 00:00)|