This specimen was captured
in the main river of the Rio de Las Piedras in the
Madre de Dios region, Peru in 2017. 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.
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.
Ampyiacu River, upper Amazon basin, Peru. Type
locality: Pebas, Ecuador.
Ferraris, C.J. Jr.,
2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628. Bockmann, F.A. and G.M. Guazzelli,
2003. Heptapteridae (Heptapterids). p. 406-431. In
R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander and C.J. Ferraris, Jr. (eds.)
Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central
America. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS, Brasil. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors.
2018. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication.
www.fishbase.org, (02/2018). Grant, Steven, pers. comm.