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Pimelodella macturki Eigenmann, 1912

Image contributors to this species:

Karsten Schönherr (4) 

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus

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Relevant Information:

The thumbnail species listed were captured in the northwestern part of Suriname in the Nickerie River. Occurs in little creeks of the estuarine part of rivers where it replaces P. cristata and P. geryi which live more upstream. The notable number of individuals caught during inventory is indicative of its gregarious behavior. In March and April, all females larger than 5.8 cm are mature. Like all Pimelodella living in Guiana, the pectoral and dorsal spines are located with a poisonous mucus that can cause painful injuries. 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.

Common Name:







South America: Approuague, Corantijn, and Nickerie River basins, and eastern coastal drainages of Suriname. Type locality: Creek in Mora Passage, British Guiana.


11.0cm. (4¼ins)


24-28°C (75-83°F)




Ferraris, C.J. Jr., 2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes: Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628.
Le Bail, P.-Y., P. Keith and P. Planquette, 2000. Atlas des poissons d'eau douce de Guyane. Tome 2, Fascicule II: Siluriformes. Collection Patrimoines Naturels 43(II): 307p. Paris: Publications scientifiques du Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle.
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. 2015.FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, (11/2015)



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