|All Fishes Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Pseudoplatystoma tigrinum (Valenciennes, 1840)|
|Common Names||Tiger Shovelnose Catfish
|Pronunciation||SUE doh plah tee stow mah|
|Etymology||(Greek)Pseudos=False +(Greek)platys=flat +(Greek)stoma=mouth.|
|Size||1050mm or 41.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||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.|
|Distribution||Widespread in the Amazon and Orinoco Basins
Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Orinoco (click on these areas to find other species found there)
Log in to view species occurence data on a map.
|pH||6.0 - 7.6|
|Temperature||22.0-26.0°C or 71.6-78.8°F (Show species within this range)|
|Feeding||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!|
|Furniture||Large secured pieces of bogwood and rock.|
|Compatibility||Will eat anything that isn't big enough to avoid being on the menu.|
|Suggested Tankmates||Other large catfish such as Oxydoras, Pterodoras and Megalodoras. Other fish should always be over half of its body length.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|References||Histoire naturelle des poissons v. 15, pp 10, Pl. 422.|
|Registered Keepers||Keeping this species? Why not .
There is no registered keeper.
|Wishlists||Love this species? Click the heart to add it to your wish list.
There is no wish to keep this species.
|Spotters||Spotted this species somewhere? Click the binoculars!
There are 4 records of this fish being seen, view them all.
|Look up Pseudoplatystoma tigrinum on PlanetCatfish.com|
|BBCode||(use in forum posts)|
|Look up Pseudoplatystoma tigrinum on Fishbase|
|Get or print a QR code for this species profile, or try our LFS label creator.|
|Last Update||2019 Sep 17 14:45 (species record created: 2001 Apr 22 00:00)|