P.chagresi is similar
in appearanc to P. laterstriga from Brazil
and P. cristata from Surinam, Guiana and
Guyana. These two specimens were caught by the image
contributor on a fish collecting trip to Panama.This genus has been in confusion for a good
number of years now especially with another close
member of the Pimelodidae family, Pimelodus.
These notes are the following distinguishing characteristics
from the two genus. Pimelodella: Adipose
fin long, low with a curved margin. The humeral
process is long and spiky. Body usually plain with
a dark lateral stripe; rather depressed body. Pimelodus:
Adipose fin short, high, with a straight or sloping
margin. Humeral process broad, triangular. Body
variously patterned, usually quite deep, like Synodontis.
Aquarium Care: Treat as you would
do with any member of the Pimelodus in that they will
be predatory on small fishes in the aquarium and it
is also better to keep them in small groups rather
than singularly, as this will dilute the aggression.
Diet: Will eat any aquarium prepared
foods such as tablets, pellets, frozen and live foods.
Not fussy eaters.
Central and South America:
on the Atlantic drainage found from the Río
Coclé de; Norte, Panama to the affluents of
the Maracaibo drainage, Venezuela. On the Pacific
drainage, extends from the Río Grande de Térraba,
Costa Rica, to the Río San Juan, Colombia.
(Steindachner, 1876) Observed in Colombia by Javier
David Quiroga Nova.