species is found in Brazil. It is known from a relatively
restricted distribution inhabiting coastal rivers
from Itajaí-Açú, Itapocú
and Cubatão River basins in Santa Catarina
State and Paranaguá River basin in Paraná
State. P. pappenheimi is a demersal (living
at or near the bottom of the water body) species that
inhabits coastal streams and rivers. Reproduction:
Generally seasonal, and is synchronized with the rainy
period. Multiple spawning occurs and reproductive
females exhibit burrowing behaviour, to protect the
brood from being washed away (Amaral et al. 1998).
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.
Itajaí-Açú, Itapocú and
Cubatão River basins in Santa Catarina State,
and Paranaguá River basin in Paraná
State, Brazil. Type locality: Rio
Pedro bei Humboldt, Sta Catharina, Brasilien.
15.0cm. (6ins) T.L.
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.
2015. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication.
www.fishbase.org, ( 12/2016 ). Reis, R & Lima, F. 2009. Pimelodella
pappenheimi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species